I am often asked by clients what the likelihood is that the US will pass federal legislation dealing with privacy and data usage, similar to what the EU has passed with the GDPR.
Passing such an overarching law in the US would be difficult, as "privacy" is a partisan issue, with Democrats and Republicans having vastly different views on how companies and the government should be allowed to use information.
A white paper recently published by the University of Pennsylvania shows how big this divide actually is.
A new poll on surveillance from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania found that Americans are deeply divided over tracking, both online and in real life. And political affiliation is a main predictor of Americans’ emotional reactions to surveillance, the researchers found.