European Commission Makes Data Protection a Top Priority

Viviane Reding, European Commission Vice President and European Union Justice Commissioner, announced that data protection would be her "top legislative priority." She said the Commission will focus on "four pillars" of privacy rights: the "right to be forgotten . . . transparency . . . privacy by default . . . [and] protection regardless of data location." Reding also spoke about the importance of enforcement to ensure a "high level of protection." EPIC President Marc Rotenberg spoke before the European Commission recently and EPIC has urged the United States to ratify Convention 108, the International Privacy Convention. For more information, see EPIC: EU Data Protection Directive.

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