European Data Protection Digest

Commission VP Calls for Streamlined ISP Regulations

PRIVACY LAW—EU

December 2, 2011

In a speech on Monday, European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding called for a streamlined approach to how Internet service providers (ISPs) collect personal information, ReadWriteWeb reports. Instead of requiring ISPs to follow the EU's 27 different national data protection laws, new guidelines would require an ISP to follow the laws found in its native country. In text provided to ReadWriteWeb, Reding said that ISPs "need--the same as customers--to have a 'one-stop-shop' when it comes to data protection matters--one law and one single data protection authority for each business; that of the Member State in which they have their main establishment." Meanwhile, industry groups have warned the EU that "overly strict, static and bureaucratic data protection rules will have a detrimental impact on Europe's economy." Reding also mentioned that Facebook could face more scrutiny with the new EU Directive.
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