About this Issue
Around the world, policymakers are focusing on ways to improve privacy frameworks. The approaches in the EU and in the US differ, based on different legal traditions and different values. Still, there is significant common ground in the commitment to empowering individuals with respect to the collection and use of personal data, and to protecting people against harm from the use of their data.
In the European Union, an effort is underway to harmonize and simplify data protection law while at the same time increasing enforcement against abuses. This section of our website provides basic information and commentary on the current proposals.