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New EU Laws Will Focus on Privacy and Social Networking

SOCIAL NETWORKING—EU

January 29, 2010

The European Commission is planning comprehensive new laws to protect Internet users' privacy, euobserver.com reports. Incoming EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said yesterday, "Whether we want it or not, almost every day we share personal data about ourselves." Reding named social media, specifically, in outlining her goals for privacy protection. "Data are being collected without our consent and often without our knowledge. This is where European law comes in." She is calling for "a change of approach" that focuses on protecting data and personal privacy right from the start rather than responding only after a new product or service is developed.
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