EU Justice Minister Viviane Reding warned this week at a speech in Brussels that a US plan for privacy self-regulation will "not be sufficient" to protect the flow of personal data between Europe and the United States. Reding also said that European companies were likely to rely on European cloud service providers as long as the US Patriot Act remained the law in the US. A draft of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation is now available. The Regulation is a sweeping and comprehensive update of the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive that sets out new enforcement powers for privacy agencies. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the White House again pledged that a long-delayed paper on privacy would soon be available. For more information, see EPIC: EU Data Protection Directive.
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