In his final in a series of three posts for Privacy Perspectives, Robert Gellman, a Washington-based privacy and information policy consultant, reflects on the long and difficult road to a U.S. privacy law. His focus here is on areas of agreement between business and consumers. "Before moving there," he notes, however, "we should acknowledge a major division in the business community. Some American multinational companies see the need to move toward international (i.e., EU) data protection standards." On the other hand, he argues, "Others in the business community still wish that privacy would just go away." With that in mind, will there be enough consensus in the privacy community to pass a broad U.S. privacy law?
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