On May 25, 2018, Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went effect. Thus, a good topic for discussion involves whether Americans want GDRP-style laws.
As Dyfed Loesche wrote for Statista:
“Anybody doing business in the digital realm should be able to tell you what GDPR is. And it constitutes a major EU data protection law update, effective on May 25, 2018. It seeks to ‘enhance the protection of personal data of EU citizens. In addition, it increases the obligations of firms that collect or process personal data.’ Thus, this rule does not just apply to firms based in the EU, but to all firms doing business with EU customers. Also, it applies to firms that don’t selling goods or services but monitor user behavior in the EU.”
Thus far, the United States’ privacy policies remain different the EU’s. In a June 2017 post, we noted the following. This is still the case:
“In the United States, consumer privacy rules are not as strong as they are in other areas of the world. Recently, the U.S. Congress voted to overturn a pending regulation that would require Internet service providers (ISPs) to obtain people’s permission before selling their data about them. President Trump then signed the rollback.”
Americans Want GDRP-Style Laws
What exactly do people want to see in U.S. privacy laws?
According to 2018 research cited by eMarketer:
“Most Americans would like to see GDPR-style laws enacted in the U.S., a new survey found. Identity management company Janrain polled U.S. Ïnternet users in April, putting this question to respondents: ‘The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will give European Union citizens greater control over how businesses can use their personal data. Would you like to see similar laws enacted in the U.S.?’ Fully 68% said yes, while 10% said no and the remainder were unsure.”
Click the image to read more, including how many Americans do not know what the GDPR laws are.