by Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft
*This piece was originally posted on Microsoft On the Issues
Something extraordinary happened in Washington, D.C., yesterday.
Members of Congress took the same position as members of the European Parliament. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce approvingly quoted a statement by the European Commission. Business groups and big companies agreed with consumer and privacy advocates. Faculty from Harvard joined with professors from Princeton. Professors from Duke joined rivals from the University of North Carolina, while those at Berkeley sided with Stanford. And Fox News agreed with the American Civil Liberties Union.