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According to Movius(2009), internet privacy involves the right of personal privacy with regards to storing, repurposing, provision to third parties, as well as, displaying information that concerns oneself through he use of internet. Research has shown that there are a significant number of issues related to internet privacy that have become emergent. If not controlled, these issues can be detrimental. As such, they can ruin an organization`s credit, expose personal information and also assist a third party in obtaining another person`s online habit without permission. Therefore, there is a need to regulate internet privacy (Baron, 2012). Every region in the world has adopted its own approach towards regulating internet privacy. In this paper, the basic issues related to internet privacy will be assessed. In addition, a comparison between the U.S and the E.U regulatory approaches will be compared thereby determining which one is more appealing or is more appropriate.
Basic issues in internet privacy
Foremost are government issues. It is no surprise when researchers identify that governments have been involved in internet privacy issues citing security. On government websites,,privacy has also been acknowledged as a critical issue. In a report by Farrell (2003), it was established that a number of federal websites failed the standards required for web privacy. This is indeed an extremely delicate issue taking into account the load of information that the government harbors.
Another issue related to internet privacy is organizations and retailer privacy. In the contemporary world, companies have gone online and there is a need that they protect the data on their customers. Customer`s personal information along with credit numbers can end up in the wrong and unauthorized hands. Indeed, with hacking trends, this is a common issue these days. Besides third parties obtaining information through hacking, businesses themselves have been said to sell information about their customers. These are detrimental state of affairs as a significant range of actions that impact an organization negatively can arise (Baron, 2012). Such would include legal suits.
Schools have also had a struggle with internet privacy.Thousands of students do not understand that the database of the schools to which they attend carries fundamental and critical personal information. If such information is exposed, unimaginable things, worse in nature, occur. Breaking into these databases would give rise to things such as identity theft and credit card attacks.
Difference between U.S and E.U in its treatment of internet privacy
As Farrell (2003) puts it, the U.S authorities favor security while their E.U counterpart puts an underscore on personal freedoms. In the U.S, Movius (2009) indicates that security concerns eclipse privacy protection as the chief and critical concern of the federal government. In Europe, however, legislations support the maintenance of privacy as a fundamental human right. This is entirely overlooked by the approach adopted in the U.S. Europeans are very sensitive when it comes to collecting vast data files concerning individuals. In addition to this, much more that Americans, Europeans looks towards governments in provision of solutions. On the other hand, the internet privacy policy adopted in the U.S is not comprehensive (Baron, 2012). Further, the U.S targets specific areas assumed to be more critical. Such areas include medical field and renting raunchy videos.
The agreeable approach
The approach adopted by the E.U is more agreeable. Internet privacy issue should not be overlooked. Even those that are seemingly not harmful can be detrimental. The U.S does not consider this. In complete contrast, the E.U puts emphasis of each and every internet issue. In other words, the E.U governs internet privacy comprehensively as opposed to the U.S. In this regard, the E.U`s internet privacy policy is more agreeable.
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Movius, L. B. (2009). U.S. and EU Privacy Policy: Comparison of Regulatory Approaches. International Journal of Communication, 3(1), 169-187.