"Privacy and data protection have been major talking points throughout 2010," The Next Web reports in a review of data protection issues of the past year and the ongoing struggles of aligning privacy and permission with regulations that vary from state to state, nation to nation and continent to continent. The report looks at differences in privacy regulation from the U.S. to the EU and beyond. For social networks and online companies, one of the key challenges is "there is no global privacy law," and even with privacy policies "already longer than the U.S. Constitution," the report questions, can such sites "cater to the hundreds of different laws across the lands?"
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