European Parliament Moves Forward on Privacy Update

The European Parliament has indicated strong support for a proposal put forward by the European Commission to update European Union privacy law. In reports on the the New Directive and New Regulation, the Parliament recommends greater power for data protection agencies and new rights for data subjects. The comprehensive update of the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive simplifies compliance procedures and also creates new incentives for anonymized and psuedonymized data to help protect privacy. Last fall, EPIC President Marc Rotenberg testified before the European Parliament in support of the proposed reform. More than 20 US consumer organizations have expressed support for the European privacy initiative. For more information, see EPIC: EU Data Protection Directive.

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