29 Conn. J. Int'l L. 257 (2013)
A Comparative Analysis of the Right to Privacy in the United States, Canada and Europe

handle is hein.journals/conjil29 and id is 282 raw text is: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE RIGHT TO
PRIVACY IN THE UNITED STATES, CANADA AND
EUROPE
Michael C James'
Abstract
Americans of all backgrounds fervently proclaim their rights to privacy in a myriad
of circumstances. This has become a particularly relevant subject for contemporary
Americans given the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operation and certain
resultant legislative and executive measures which have provided governmental
entities with enhanced, and ever more invasive, powers of surveillance and access
to traditionally private information. This is very worrisome, particularly since our
foundational legal document, the United States Constitution, makes no express
mention of a right to privacy for citizens. The American conception of the right to
be let alone represents a stark contrast to the Canadian and European approaches
to this critical aspect of individual liberty, and ultimately offers individual
Americans markedly less privacy protection for their personal information, choices
and activities.
1.  Michael C. James. Assistant Professor of Law, Texas Southern University, Thurgood
Marshall School of Law. Firstly, this publication was made possible by a summer research stipend
graciously provided to me by Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Thomas
Kleven, James Beard, Lupe Salinas and Walter Champion provided me with very helpful comments and
feedback. Lastly, Dyan Owens provided excellent research assistance with this project. Copyright 0
2013 by Michael C. James

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