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Reding: Data Laws Should Put Individuals First

DATA PROTECTION—EU

June 23, 2010

Europe needs to put individuals at the heart of its data protection laws to ensure the safety of personal data, according to Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Justice and Fundamental Rights. In a speech at an American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union event Tuesday, Reding said, "We need to find new ways to empower Web surfers. Internet users must have effective control of what they put online and be able to correct, withdraw or delete it at will." Reding added the EU needs to have unified consumer rights, despite the interference of national contract laws. She plans to launch a public consultation on various long-term possibilities this summer, The Wall Street Journal reports. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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