Dignity vs. Liberty: How European and U.S. Privacy Laws Differ, and Why It Matters

Privacy and data security are increasingly front page news, and consumers are suddenly paying a great deal more attention to what your clients are collecting, what they’re doing with that information, and what activities might put their data at risk. The good news is that more businesses are taking their privacy obligations seriously and asking what they need to do – but for businesses with an international presence, compliance is not simple.

A discussion on compliance usually starts with the proposition that European laws are far stricter than ours, but the differences are in some ways philosophical and not simply a matter of degree. Europe takes a dignity-based approach, while the U.S. approach is liberty-based. This has practical implications for what is considered a violation of privacy, what is considered the biggest threat to privacy, and what behaviors we are willing to (or refuse to) regulate in the name of privacy.

Date: June 10, 2014
Location: The Cincinnatian Hotel, Cincinnati, OH
Sponsor: Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association (CincyIP)
Topic: “Dignity vs. Liberty: How European and U.S. Privacy Laws Differ, and Why It Matters”
Presenter: Lori Krafte, Partner, Wood Herron & Evans, LLP
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lori Krafte is a partner with Wood Herron & Evans. Lori counsels clients in all areas of advertising and media law, privacy, trademarks, copyrights, and domain disputes and other internet law matters. She teaches Advertising Law and Trademark Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she received the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. Lori has been listed in: The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Advertising, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, and IP Litigation; Cincy Leading Lawyers; Ohio Super Lawyers; Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; and IP Stars (Managing Intellectual Property), including IP Stars Top 250 Women in IP. She has been named to Ohio Super Lawyers’ Top 50 Women Lawyers in Ohio and Top 25 Women Lawyers in Cincinnati. Lori received the Distinguished Service Award in 2013 from AAF Cincinnati (the local affiliate of the American Advertising Federation). She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.