A document obtained by a European civil liberties organization indicates that the US Department of Commerce is actively opposing efforts by the European Union to update and strengthen its privacy law. The "Informal Note on Draft EU General Data Protection Regulation" argues that the proposed updates to the EU Data Protection Directive could adversely impact the "global interoperability of national and international privacy regimes." The US assessment follows a multi-year effort by the Europeans and others to establish a comprehensive framework for privacy protection, which the US has opposed, opting instead for "self-regulation." The European Digital Rights Initiative (EDRi) has prepared a brief analysis of the "most prominent exaggerations and misunderstandings in the US paper." For more information, see EPIC - "U.S. and European Consumer Groups Encourage Congress to Learn from EU Data Directive."
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