It is accepted as an article of faith that there will be no new U.S. privacy legislation in the coming year (or, perhaps, any year). The betting money is on bits and pieces, but no systematic approach to what continues, at best, to be a fragmented landscape of similar but not-the -same state-based laws. At worst, the rules are in conflict or they do not exist at all.
This circumstance makes it difficult for businesses, all of whom operate in multiple jurisdictions and are increasingly dependent on the collection, storage and use of customer information. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has decided that corporations are people, too, there is little sympathy for commercial relief when each of us real people is under such relentless scrutiny. More»