One angle the NyTime Op-Ed highlights is how touchy Americans have been about privacy with other information like their health records and financial data. In contrast, we have left our curtains open in terms of our online data.
Every European country has a privacy law, as do Canada, Australia and many Latin American countries. The United States remains a holdout: We have separate laws that protect our health records and financial information, and even one that keeps private what movies we rent. But there is no law that spells out the control and use of online data.