The advent of interconnected computer systems has enabled businesses and governments to share and integrate information. This has led to a resurgence in the importance of privacy laws worldwide. Governments in Europe and the United States have taken different approaches in attempts to control privacy via legislation. Many social and philosophical differences have led to these differences, but as the world becomes interconnected, understanding and resolving them will be important.

Privacy can be defined as the power to control what others know about you and what they can do with this information. In the computer age, personal information forms the basis for many decisions, from credit card transactions to purchase goods, to the ability ...

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