SNS: Privacy Protection: Going Global

SNS: Privacy Protection: Going Global


Volume 15, Issue 42
Week of October 22, 2012

In This Issue

Feature: Privacy Protection: Going Global
A Conversation With David Vladeck
– Privacy Regulations in the U.S. an E.U. Today
– Privacy and Corporate Behavior
– Innovation vs. Privacy


Publisher’s Note: Privacy regulations are about to become one of the great constraining forces on e-commerce, and one of the final legal bastions of personal protection for individuals, whether one lives in the E.U., the U.S., or elsewhere. It would seem that these two governments, however, are leading the charge in trying to cooperatively establish a set of global standards that are practical and effective.

Anyone doubting the immediacy, or relevance, of this discussion need only turn to the letter sent by regulators from 27 countries to Google regarding its tracking of personal data for users of its dominant product offerings, Gmail and YouTube. Countless other examples of major global corporations with questioned practices are easy to find, which is the reason we are focusing on this issue now.

David Vladeck, director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, was kind enough to join us at FiRe X, at the invitation of member Jonathan Ewert, to discuss the current status of these issues. As you’ll see, he quickly lays out the primary unresolved issues, the international players, and the serious potholes remaining in both E.U. and U.S. proposals yet to be adopted.

All corporate leaders interested in the gathering, sale, and/or sharing of personal information would be well-served by reading David’s comments below. The Net regulatory apparatus is rapidly changing, and he is perhaps the prime global mover on this critically important issue. – mra.

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