Oct. 26 - Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
The ongoing battle against digital piracy has a new stumbling block in the form of European Union privacy laws. While U.S. website operators routinely gather data about end users, and sell it, in the EU such commercialization of private data has been largely prohibited since 1998. Unfortunately for copyright owners, privacy rights in the EU have also moved further away from U.S. policy to the point where they now challenge the ability of U.S. owners to prevent digital privacy from sites originating in the EU, including most of Europe. Wiggle room still exists, but enforcement methods must be reconfigured to survive this latest challenge.