A recent report from a U.S. law firm concludes that the United States offers essentially equivalent privacy protection to Europe. The report also finds that "This body of laws ensures that government access to data for law-enforcement and intelligence purposes is limited to what is necessary and proportionate." Of course, all travel records of Europeans are routinely transferred to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security without any legal protection. Under Section 702 of the Patriot Act, the US government routinely obtains vast amounts of personal data on non-US persons, including communications logs and website activity. Executive Order 12333 provides even broader surveillance authorities.
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Communications Law and Policy
Jerry Kang and Alan Butler