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Rewrite of 1995 Law Will Focus on Privacy in the Digital Age

ONLINE PRIVACY—EU

February 1, 2010

Incoming EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has announced plans to strengthen the 1995 Data Protection Directive to include requirements that new technologies and processes include privacy by design, OUT-LAW.com reports. "I have had many opportunities to see the impressive power of innovation of information society and the creation of exciting and promising new products and services. Unfortunately, privacy and the protection of personal data were not always a key ingredient at the early development stage of these products and services," Reding said, calling for that to change. Privacy concerns related to new technology range from street-level mapping to social networking to the use of Internet searches by potential employers to gather information on job candidates.
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