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U.S. Diplomat, Others React to New EU Regulation

PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.

January 27, 2012

An American official said yesterday that the U.S. will carefully examine the data protection regulation proposed by the European Commission this week, AFP reports. Speaking with reporters in Brussels, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy Philip Verveer said it will be important to try and "avoid a situation where there are requirements that may unnecessarily add to compliance costs or administrative costs that will diminish the efficiency with which services can be rendered." The new framework has elicited reaction from many stakeholders. In Politico, Tony Romm said the proposals "laid down markers for two critical policy battles this year: One between regulators in Washington and Brussels, the other pitting privacy hawks against Internet giants."
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