Why is America so far behind Europe on digital privacy?

 

Source: Editorial board, New York Times ( Paid Registration )

A grand bargain privacy bill is said to be in the works in Congress, with a handful of lawmakers from both parties haggling privately over the details. Forward-thinking legislation—and the public hearings that would inform its passage—are urgently needed. Americans deserve a robust discussion of what privacy rights they are entitled to and strong privacy laws to protect them.

Unfortunately, American lawmakers are late to the party. Europe has already set what amounts to a global privacy standard with its General Data Protection Regulation, which went into effect in 2018.

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