Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Study: U.S. More Advanced Than Europe in Privacy Practices

"A new study comparing European and U.S. corporate privacy practices reveals that while European companies impose tighter restrictions on the sharing of sensitive personal data, U.S. companies currently have more sophisticated systems in place to prevent breaches.The study, sponsored by global law firm White & Case as part of its annual Global Privacy Symposium, which [was] held Thursday, April 27 in New York, was conducted by the independent privacy think tank Ponemon Institute. The study surveyed 47 U.S. and European multinationals on eight privacy practices, including privacy policy; communications and training; privacy management; data security methods; privacy compliance; choice and consent; cross-national standards; and redress. The survey questions were reviewed by two European data protection authorities, The Information Commissioner's Office of the U.K. and The Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) in France.
European companies are much more likely to have privacy practices that restrict or limit the sharing of customer or employees' sensitive personal information and are also more likely to provide employees with choice or consent on how information is used or shared," said David Bender, head of White & Case's Global Privacy practice. "But the research also revealed that U.S. companies are engaging in more security and control-oriented compliance activities than their European counterparts. As a result, U.S. corporations scored higher in five of the eight areas of corporate privacy practice."
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Rodney D. Ryder

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