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EU Regulator Pressures U.S. Tech Companies

ONLINE PRIVACY—EU & U.S.

May 1, 2012

While touring Silicon Valley, Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the EU's data protection regulatory group, warned that U.S. tech companies should respect European privacy regulations or face the consequences, adding, "Enforcement actions will be taken against them," NPR reports. Kohnstamm says European users should be able to prevent websites from tracking them online. "To say American companies rule this world could be a very dangerous sort of thinking," said Kohnstamm. The Digital Advertising Alliance's Stu Ingis said, "I can tell you as somebody who's around these companies every day that they're creating untold benefits to both our economy and to consumers, and it'd be a shame if the Europeans want to limit those benefits."
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