Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Accounting (BBA)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Justin Evans


This paper compares and discusses the different data privacy regulations found in the United States, China, and the European Union. It is no secret that big tech companies like Facebook and Google continuously collect data on their users. The big question is what protections and rights one has as a consumer. The answer to this question differs when you are in different parts of the world. Currently the United States does not have a federal data privacy law, China recently adopted a new data privacy law called the Personal Information Protection Law, and the European Union has a data privacy law in place called the General Data Protection Regulation. Even though the United States does not have a federal law, individual states do have data protection laws. The big tech companies are pushing hard for the U.S. to create a federal law, and they hope that this will eventually lead to an international data protection law. The lack of consistency between the regulations of different countries has made it more difficult and costly for the technology companies that rely on data collection to fund their websites instead of or in addition to advertising and/or subscriptions from users.