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Reding: Tracking Technologies Highly Intrusive

PRIVACY LAW—EU

February 10, 2011

European Union regulators are concerned that mobile phone and computer technologies that monitor online activities threaten individual privacy rights, Bloomberg reports. "I am concerned about the use of highly privacy-intrusive tracking technologies," EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said in a speech in Brussels yesterday. "Mobile phones and computers have become tracking devices." She added that tracking technologies can have serious consequences for people and can lead to criminal penalties. Reding's concerns come as the European Commission reviews the EU's data protection law with plans to update it to reflect new technologies that have emerged since the law passed nearly 16 years ago.
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