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Reding: EU Reforms Should Inspire U.S. and Others

DATA PROTECTION—EU & U.S.

December 6, 2011

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said in a speech today that she supports the growth of cloud computing, including data centers, in Europe, but "this cannot be the only solution. We need free flow of data between our continents. It doesn't make much sense for us to retreat from each other." Bloomberg reports that the European Commission plans to present its proposal for changes to current data protection laws by the end of next month, and Reding said the reforms can act as "an inspiration for changes in the U.S. and elsewhere." Reding expressed concern that self-regulation may be the path forward for the U.S.--which may not be "sufficient to achieve full interoperability between the EU and U.S."
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