Reding & Aigner: Stronger Rules Needed
PRIVACY LAW—EUNovember 8, 2011
In a press release, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding and German Federal Minister for Consumer Protection Ilse Aigner together called for a more robust data protection framework to protect EU consumers and keep pace with innovations like social networks and the cloud. Reding and Aigner said companies that "direct their services to European consumers should be subject to EU data protection laws." Companies--including social networks and cloud providers--that do not comply with the rules "should not be able to do business" in the EU, they added. Reding and Aigner said the law should require European consumers to give their "explicit consent" before their data is processed, and they "generally should have the right to delete their data" upon request.