European Privacy Law vs. Google Street Maps

A very interesting thing about differing laws abroad is that it allows for analysis of alternative policy considerations. So, in the U.S., Google might say “x,y&z are legal,” but the same activities might be clearly illegal in another country–highlighting many interesting policy ramificaitons, and letting us examine, hmm, why does this other country legislate in this way which differs from ours, and, are they on to something that we should consider? Especially when it comes to privacy and the internet, it’s nice to have some differing legislation out there, since some companies are so bent on pushing the intersections between technology and privacy issues just about as far and as fast out as possible, quite possibly just to retain competitive advantages–but at what possible costs to us mere mortals?

Finding balance between innovation and protecting privacy is tough!


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