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Official: Patchwork of Laws Means Company Headaches

PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.

March 24, 2011

A U.S. official has said that the multiplicity of international data protection laws are problematic for U.S. companies. Bloomberg reports that Daniel Weitzner, an Internet policy official in the U.S. Commerce Department, said that data protection authorities don't always recognize that companies are facing a "substantial barrier today. It's awfully difficult to adapt privacy practices for a hundred or more different" jurisdictions. He also said that companies' efforts to establish protections adequate to stop abuses of privacy aren't recognized. Weitzner recently met with EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, who said in a speech Wednesday that cooperation between the EU and U.S. may promote global standards for data privacy.
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