European leaders are rushing to implement new laws to curb disinformation on social media. However, existing European data protection laws might actually make it harder for bad actors to spread fake news online.
The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will likely make it harder for law enforcement, rights holders, and cybersecurity companies around the world to find out who manages a domain on the internet.
Rather than a comprehensive legal protection for personal data, the United States has only a patchwork of sector-specific laws that fail to adequately protect data. Congress should create a single legislative data-protection mandate to protect individuals’ privacy.
Nuala O’Connor from the Center for Democracy and Technology argues that Congress should create a single legislative data-protection mandate to protect individuals’ privacy and reconcile the differences between state and federal requirements.