“[...] Your information is out there. And thanks to database technology that has become ever more pervasive, it can be aggregated and collated and turned into a startlingly comprehensive dossier on you in the blink of an eye. Okay, so maybe you should be a little worried.
[...] Here’s where you may be surprised: There are very few rules in place governing how the data that is collected on you can be used. Privacy is often taken for granted as an inherent right of every citizen, but in fact the U.S. has one of the weakest privacy protection schemes in the developed world. The European Union, Canada, and Japan all trump us in terms of privacy.
“The U.S. is at the bottom of the heap,” says Beth Givens, director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse in San Diego. “We’re a patchwork of laws with gaping holes.”
SOURCE: PC Magazine