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Reding Addresses Legal Gray Area, Data Protection Reform

PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.

February 24, 2012

U.S. authorities cannot override EU laws on data privacy, said EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding in a debate over whether U.S. laws and legal subpoenas could force EU companies to disclose personal data to U.S. law enforcement agencies, EUobserver reports. "Any processing of personal data in the EU has to respect the applicable EU data protection law," Reding said. Meanwhile, in a CNN feature published on Thursday--the day the U.S. government released a proposed consumer privacy bill or rights--Reding described the European Commission's proposed new framework on data protection, saying, "As Europe tackles reform, I hope these proposed rules will inspire other countries that are grappling with privacy issues, like the United States."
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