“Americans tend to be less concerned than Europeans. Privacy, after all, is not a clear constitutional right whereas freedom of speech is. Freedom of speech is actually the first article in the U.S. Bill of Rights. Itâ€™s not that Americans donâ€™t value privacy, but they often view it as a tool to prevent government from overstepping its authority. This represents a fundamental difference in the way Americans and Europeans react to privacy issues.
In Europe, privacy is considered a basic human right. Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights spells it out, â€œEveryone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.â€ To put things in perspective, freedom of speech first comes in Article 10.”
The concept of â€œprivacyâ€ is incredibly different depending on which side of the Atlantic you live, says Eric Reiss. And in an increasingly globalized world, itâ€™s becoming more and more important to acknowledge these divergent points of view.