I’ve been working on a new whitepaper for Hitachi focused on privacy laws in the United States and Europe, and what we mere storage folks can do to help comply with them. It’s pretty amazing stuff – the American system is totally different from the European, no surprise. Where they have sweeping top-down rights to privacy and consistent standards, we have bottom-up point laws, a patchwork of state laws, and self-regulation. I tell you, as someone who cares about privacy (and avoiding identity theft and credit fraud), it makes me want to move to Europe!
But seriously, without scooping the paper (which I’ll link to when it’s published), if you’re interested in learning more about privacy laws, I highly recommend the Privacy Journal‘s Compilation of State and Federal Privacy Laws, pictured at right. It’s $31, and loaded with data. Also, check out the Electronic Privacy Information Center web site, another excellent source of information!