The European Commission has proposed modernized Data Protection rules that will simplify business compliance and establish new privacy rights for individuals. EC Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding explained, "The proposal will help build trust in online services because people will be better informed about their rights and in more control of their information." In 2009, EPIC joined 110 other civil society groups and 106 experts in endorsing the Madrid Privacy Declaration, which called for the establishment of "a new international framework for privacy protection . . . . based on the rule of law, respect for fundamental human rights, and support for democratic institutions." For more information, see EPIC: EU Data Protection Directive.
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