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Interior Minister Reveals Draft Internet Law

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

December 2, 2010

On Wednesday, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière revealed a draft law to tighten rules on Internet privacy that combines self-regulation with new rules making it illegal to gather certain kinds of information, reports Deutsche Welle. De Maizière said that while he's not interested in limiting the opportunities available on the Internet, he considers it "a particularly serious invasion of privacy rights" when sites "publish data that has been aggregated with commercial interests in mind" and which "yield a comprehensive personality of travel profile," states the report. Data protection commissioners criticized the draft law, saying it does not go far enough--especially regarding self-regulation.
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