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Reding: Ambiguity, Adaptability Essential in Directive

PRIVACY LAW—EU

February 9, 2012

In today's data currency age, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding hopes that her E-Privacy Directive will offer a balance between "commercial interests and personal privacy," The Telegraph reports. After fighting "absolutely fierce" lobbying "from all sides," Reding says, "the legislation was on the table on January 25 as I wanted to have it." The framework will provide overarching rules for of all 27 EU member states and give people control of their personal information online, according to the report. Reding stressed the need for ambiguity in the law, saying, "This regulation needs to stand for 30 years--it needs to be very clear but imprecise enough that changes in the markets or public opinion can be maneuvered in the regulation." Editor's note: European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx and Chairman of the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Jacob Kohnstamm will discuss the proposed regulation at next month's IAPP Global Privacy Summit.
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