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.

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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.


December 17, 2015 | Kelsey Finch

New Swire-FPF Report: U.S. Surveillance Law, Safe Harbor, and Reforms Since 2013

In the wake of critical decisions being handed down by the EU concerning the Safe Harbor laws (Schrems case) and U.S. Surveillance practices, Professor Peter Swire and the Future of Privacy Forum today have released a report titled “U.S. Surveillance Law, Safe Harbor, and Reforms Since 2013.”

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What's Happening: International

October 27th Event: EU Law, Institutions and Policymaking
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October 1, 2016 | Melanie Bates

October 27th Event: EU Law, Institutions and Policymaking

The goal of this program is to provide privacy experts with a deeper understanding of the broader legal environment in Europe. Who can bring an action, which courts are involved, how do the various national and Europe wide systems interact? We will seek to understand the issues and challenges of privacy law in the EU context.

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