Stephanie Hare: For your eyes only: U.S. technology companies, sovereign states, and the battle over data protection

By Stephanie Hare, Independent Scholar

Who owns an individual’s electronic communications data, who should have access to it, and what can be done with it?


The battle of privacy versus security is currently raging between U.S. technology companies and national security forces. U.S. technology companies are adopting corporate foreign policies to respond to sovereign states’ efforts to access customer data, which could change and possibly even destroy their business models.


In my article, I discuss the struggles faced by these companies and the policies influencing the possible outcome, as will be determined in the European Union within the next few years.

This article is free for the duration of this Challenge (until end Nov 2016)


Editor's Note:

This article is published as part of the Business and Peace Challenge, led by Indiana University and Business Fights Poverty. To find out more about the Business and Peace Challenge, and to join, click here.

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