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Politicians Call for Data Protection Laws

DATA PROTECTION—GERMANY

September 20, 2010

German politicians today called for data protection regulations ahead of a summit in Berlin on issues such as geotagging and online mapping services, The Local reports. One justice minister said the government must conduct talks with Internet service providers to determine how they gather user data "to define exactly what personal data is and which details should not be used." Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger added she hopes to see laws created to protect user anonymity. Germany's consumer affairs minister agreed that new data protection laws are needed, and German Data Protection Commissioner Peter Schaar said it's important that the summit yields results and not just discussion. "There must also be conclusions," he said.
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