The Economist reports on the increasing friction among data protection regulators and global Internet companies. That friction may be the result of underlying philosophical differences on privacy, exemplified by Europe's view of privacy as a fundamental human right versus America's self-regulatory approach. Some say more harmony is necessary as global data flows increase across emerging markets, with one expert suggesting that Asia could become "a new privacy battleground." German Data Protection Commissioner Peter Schaar suggests that if America was to create an independent data protection body, then other regulators may "adopt a more flexible regulatory approach."
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