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The New York Times reports on reaction to comments made earlier this week by European Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding and German Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Ilse Aigner about strengthening the European Union's (EU) data protection framework. One privacy lawyer was skeptical that the strengthened laws would place more of a burden on U.S.-based companies, saying, "The challenge is one of jurisdiction in the Internet age." Meanwhile, earlier this year, the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU submitted a brief to lawmakers saying stricter laws "would inevitably lead to a general obligation to monitor the Internet, undermining the strong foundations on which the Internet was developed in the first place and the basis on which democratic societies operate." (Registration may be required to access this story.)  
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