Citizens of the United States, Canada and Germany
know that the online world is simultaneously a
wondrous and dangerous place. They have seen
details about their activities, education, financial
status and beliefs stolen, misused and manipulated.
This paper attempts to examine why stores of
personal data (data troves) held by private firms
became a national security problem in the United
States and compares the US response to that of
Canada and Germany. Citizens in all three countries
rely on many of the same data-driven services
and give personal information to many of the
same companies. German and Canadian policy
makers and scholars have also warned of potential
national security spillovers of large data troves.

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