EU, US Officials See Privacy Regimes Getting Closer

Law360, Washington (February 12, 2015, 10:22 PM EST) -- A Federal Trade commissioner and a former European Union official on Thursday cast doubt on assertions that there is no hope of finding common ground between the U.S.' and EU's approaches to privacy and data protection regulation, saying recent efforts to coordinate enforcement have helped bridge the gap.

During a panel at the American Bar Association's Consumer Protection Conference in Washington, D.C., FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny and Peter Hustinx, who was the European Data Protection Supervisor until being replaced in December, tackled the perception that privacy standards in the U.S. and EU are increasingly diverging.

While the U.S. has enacted laws...

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