Prof. John Soma
Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
U.S. and E.U. Current Privacy and Future Trends
About Dr. Soma:
Professor Soma earned his J.D. and Ph.D. (in Economics) from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, and then worked for the U.S. Department of Justice/Antitrust Division for four years where he was primarily assigned to the U.S. v. IBM Litigation. In 1979, he joined the Sturm College of Law faculty, where he teaches Internet and Computer Law, Antitrust, and Privacy Law, and has authored 7 books and over 40 professional articles on technology/law and privacy. He is also the Executive Director of the Privacy Foundation (privacyfoundation.org) here at the University of Denver.
The U.S. sectorial (or band aid) approach to privacy is based on the interaction of federal statutes and Supreme Court decisions as well as individual state laws–especially California. This three part combination results in many different laws, sometimes conflicting, and creates a very complex business legal/privacy environment for corporations to operate in. By way of contrast, Europe through the European Commission, has recently enacted a new Privacy Directive which the member nations are now implementing in local/country statutes. This approach establishes one uniform/overall policy, but, as always the “devil is in the details” for how the Privacy Directive is implemented. This talk will overview these two conflicting approaches, and also discuss the implications for international businesses as well as academic research.