- Computer use has exploded over the last twenty years. Even more rapid growth of technology throughout the 1990s has culminated with the dynamic and exponentially increasing use of the Internet. This technology spurt has led the way to many more business opportunities. With those increasing opportunities more problems have arisen, especially with protecting privacy on a domestic and an international scale after the European Union Directive. The European Union Directive created a profound impact on multinational employers, especially those in the U.S., by requiring guarantees that all private information gathered by companies doing business in countries that are members of the European Union be protected.