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Data protection laws to favour citizens?

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne

The EU is reforming its data protection laws, which set out how online companies are permitted to keep their customers’ information. From the proposals so far, we’re seeing potential changes that could benefit citizens. One proposal states that users should have control over when and how their data is used - what do you think? Any other ideas about what data protection measures should be included? Let us know in the comments below!

Article by Cyrus Farivar for Ars Technica:


Back in 1998, British comedian Eddie Izzard quipped on his Dress to Kill tour that the European Union was “500 million people, 200 languages. No one’s got a clue what they’re saying to each other. It’s the cutting edge of politics in a very extraordinarily boring way.” Fifteen years on, it’s easy to understand how prescient his words were.
But after spending two days in the Belgian capital, it’s clear that digitally minded officials, activists, lobbyists and members of the European Parliament are focused squarely on what could become a massively important change to the European Union's rules concerning data protection. What's more, they have the attention of American tech firms as well.
As we reported over a year ago, Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding of the European Commission proposed a “comprehensive reform” to existing data protection law, which would regulate how online service companies are allowed to keep information on their customers. Right now, anyone who cares about European tech issues has their eye on this ongoing legislation as it makes its way through various Brussels bodies. The legislation is not expected to take effect until 2016. Read more »
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