Europe and U.S. have different approaches to protecting privacy of personal data

""Every developed country in the world has a general privacy law — except us," said Neil Richards, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis. "What we have instead is a mishmash of state laws based on what the market will bear."

"Our default is not to regulate, especially in the information sector," said Ryan Calo, an assistant law professor at the University of Washington. "We're more comfortable having companies decide how they'll address privacy issues.""