For all of my life I reckon, I've hated pep rally's. Just fucking hate them. Rush out, get everybody really excited, then scurry off to the backroom and sort out the details while the mouth-breathers are spellbound by free popcorn and girls dancing around who weigh less than 300lbs.
Chance, fortune, happenstance, whatever term you like to call fortuitous randomness, has the US being the epicenter of IT industry development and IT finance. Every country has at least a few similar occurrences over its history. The US isn't 'better' at IT, scads of events collided nearly simultaneously and here we are (don't ever, ever buy into that 'this was the plan' bullshit without a bit of history first).
The point is, wherever IT had really taken off if things were different, the general shape of IT would be little or no different. Maybe not as aggressively marketed, but the business would be the same. It has no choice. Absolutely the only thing different about the business of IT vs other industries, is that information is the big money product, instead of a physical product or service. More information is created all the time, by somebody else (genius that bit) and what's considered important changes constantly. We've already seen the hardware side of IT mature. Like any other physical product you can only sell so many before you've got to start racing to failure with lower cost products. Not so with information.
Since (useful) information has to come from somewhere, you can rest 100% assured that contemporary IT would be just as insanely intrusive as it is today, no matter where it was centered. In the EU or East Asia, wherever, doesn't matter. You've taken leave, completely, of your senses if you think the UK or France or Laos wouldn't do exactly as the US has done in raping your privacy. That's where the money is...
If you want in on that money you've got to play within the rules set by the center of the industry, whatever it may be. Nobody gets to pick their own rules. Ever. That's what leads me back to pep rally's. Vivian Redding nor King Charles nor the Pope would cut the IT centered businesses in their territories off from the money that US IT brings them. It's political suicide. They didn't do it when people were dying, daily, from industrial exposure and accidents, you think they're going to do it because somebody found out your middle name is Nutsack and 60% of your income is spent on streaming movies? Fuck no.
They'll sing and dance for you, then pass laws that make everyone cheer, but that actually do nothing. Some fines, some apologies and you're still getting your private information sold to Bobs Barely Used Underwear Emporium.
That's in no way a 'US is all powerful' rant. That's a 'all politicians and industrial leaders are exactly the same and will all fuck you' rant. It would make me a lot happier if they just acted honestly instead of putting on big pep rally's and making the attendees pay for the event. Be an ass if you want, at least that will let me dislike you on honest terms, not the disingenuous bullshit you toss into the crowds like cheap t-shirts.