Would privacy legislation help David or Goliath?

It’s a premise of arguments for privacy legislation that such legislation would protect hapless consumers against the depredations of “Big Tech.” There’s more to the story.

In Europe, often characterized as “ahead” of the United States thanks to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), privacy enforcements fall with notable regularity on the little guy. In a recent law review article
, University of Washington School of Law Professor Mary D. Fan highlights the consistency with which privacy enforcement actions are directed at relatively weak parties, particularly minority small businesspeople.

It’s not an unstated premise that privacy regulation is for the little guy. It’s stated all the dang time. When the House Commerce Committee reported legislation to the floor at midyear, a bipartisan press release sang out, “This will rein in Big Tech’s power and establish clear, robust protections for people, especially children.”

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