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Reding: More Transparency, More Harmonization

PRIVACY LAW—EU

November 28, 2011

European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding said in a speech on Monday that European Union (EU) data protection authorities need increased powers to enforce privacy legislation, Bloomberg reports. Reding also called for more harmonization between the EU's 27 member nations. "We need legal certainty and a level playing field for all businesses that handle personal data of our citizens," she said. The Telegraph reports that Facebook could face more scrutiny with the new EU Directive. Reding said, "I call on service providers--especially social media sites--to be more transparent about how they operate...Consumers in Europe should see their data strongly protected, regardless of the EU country where they live in and regardless of the country in which companies which process their personal data are established." The Article 29 Working Party is expected to meet soon to discuss the "state of play" of the social networking site. 
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