As mentioned before US data protection distingiushes itself significantly to its European counterparts by strong affinity to self-regulation. This liberal approach lead to an patchwork legislature as far as the protection of privacy rights are concerned since laws were only levied once acute problems were not solved by the economy. Unfortunately these laws always cover only small parts of data protection since they were adjusted to each respective problem. There is no single federal law that defines data protection as a whole.
Do You Know Your Rights? – There are a lot of them!
Privacy and the Freedom of Speech go hand in glove. Most states provide data protection laws on their own. Their Security Breach Notification Laws bear strong similarities to each other in every state and deal mainly the utilization of private data without the individual’s consent by imposing financial penalties.
The main part of data protection in the US is covered by the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to safeguard personal information in electronic transmissions. Find a overview of data protection laws here.
According to the Wireless 411 Privacy Act the directoy 411.com is not allowed to list mobile phone numbers without their owners consent. Since this only applies for mobile numbers their landline equivalent are still displayed in the directory and can only be removed for a small fee.
In addition, the US is part of several institutions pledged to uphold privacy rights on an international scale. To allow US companies transaction with their Eurpeoan counterparts the US Department of Commerce established a programmes called Safe Habour which complies with the EU Directives on Privacy. Learn more about Safe Harbour…
To further strength global consumer rights the US joined the WPISP in mutally coordinated attempt to secure privacy complementaries and the sustainability of internet commerce under the umbrella of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry. Learn more…
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