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[ NNSquad ] Europe Weighs Tough Law on Online Privacy

Europe Weighs Tough Law on Online Privacy

http://j.mp/ybK4ZF  (New York Times)

   "The proposed data protection regulation from the European Commission,
    a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, could have
    significant consequences for all Internet companies that trade in
    personal data, whether it is pictures that people post on social
    networks or what they buy on retail sites or look for on a search

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I continue to feel bemused by the fact that this push comes
simultaneously with continuing EU efforts to impose major data
retention laws to allow government access to key user data -- exactly
opposite to this push aimed at commercial firms in many cases.

And of course, the "Right to be Forgotten" which is mentioned in this
story -- at least as generally understood -- is an unworkable
abomination, straight out of Winston Smith's workstation in 
"Nineteen Eighty-Four."

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org 
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
 - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com 
Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com 
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurenweinstein 
Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com

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