The ash cloud and data cloud have had much in common: both have had global implications and may have caused Europe falling outside a major technological revolution. There is a strong collision between two conflicting normative models: the European model and the American model about privacy. For an American, it is not a "fundamental right" recognized by the Constitution.
Romania is one of the European countries who have implemented electronic passports, which also include biometric data (facial image and fingerprints of the holder) in an electronic chip. The Romanian authorities never published any privacy impact assessment or security audit on the IT systems they are using and didn't publish any technical details, always claiming that it is fulfills "the best standards on biometric passport".
According to the website Mashable, in 2012, 90% of US companies declared that some of their computers had been breached at least once in the past 12 months; 65% of global Internet users declare that they have been victims of cybercrime, either through viruses, online credit card fraud or identity theft. Every week the media report cyber attacks against Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Banks, Governments. In many cases, these security incidents result in compromising personal data; fight against cybercrime is more and more related to data protection.