Puny Punishment for Goliath Google Case Exposes Weak US Data Privacy Laws

Google has been forced to pay $22 million in fines this week, a record for data privacy violations but small change for the giant corporation. Internet companies benefit from America's lax privacy and data protection laws, which are unlikely to change any time soon. It's a stark contrast to Europe, where the EU wants to toughen its laws -- and apply them to American companies.
Lots of data, little protection: Most have little hope that the United States will create strict Internet privacy laws.

Lots of data, little protection: Most have little hope that the United States will create strict Internet privacy laws.

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