I am speaking about personal privacy safeguards here, nothing less, nothing more. Perhaps it is just a nationalistic trait that we feel much more at home with letting everybody know our business? At least on Facebook. How many “likes” did you get today? More about quantity than quality? Maybe it’s in the American DNA. Bigger is always better. And maybe becoming more popular with some loss of our own privacy “trumps” everything else? But I digress, sorry.
Interestingly, there may be stronger support in this transition to more privacy coming from America’s traditional business leaders who have always seemed capable of making money under tougher privacy rules. Some companies are also planning to apply some or all of the data protection requirements to all of their customers, not just the Europeans. And other countries have, or are considering adopting similar rules. Throughout history, meatpackers, credit card companies, automakers and other businesses resisted regulations, arguing they would be ruined by them. Yet, regulations have actually benefited many industries by boosting demand for products that consumers know meet certain standards.
Privacy is a protection that we all deserve, wherever we are.