US Government Access to Data Posing Global Competitive Disadvantage? Interesting @nytimes piece

May 27, 2014

A good piece in the Times today on growing concerns among tech companies about the negative competitive impact of US privacy law protections.  The Supreme Court only formally recognized a constitutional right to privacy in the 1960s (Griswold v. Connecticut, for all you legal junkies out there), but of course our history of protecting that right dates from our national origins.  It is one of the consequences of the Snowden affair that our privacy laws are now seen as increasingly slack versus other industrialized nations, and we can see an emerging coalition of privacy advocates joining with at least some in the tech community concerned about losing business abroad to countries more overtly protective of personal data.   Of course, you can’t view industry as monolithic – the future of advertising is expected to include ever more powerful uses of data on personal demographics and behavior, and we are still in the earliest stages of sorting our way through all of this.



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