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The Personalities, Challenges Behind Proposed Regulation

PRIVACY LAW—EU

November 21, 2012

The New York Times explores two personalities behind the development of the proposed EU data protection regulation. With Ireland poised to assume the presidency of the EU, Ireland Minister of Justice, Equality and Defense Alan Shatter will be faced with the “big challenge” of cobbling together an agreement for a new EU privacy regime. Shatter said, “I think it is possible to reconcile the legitimate and economically important activities of the advertising industry with privacy issues.” Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, head of France’s data protection authority (CNIL), discusses the CNIL’s investigation of Google and her preference for the current decentralized system of regulators but with improved cooperation among national authorities. Meanwhile, the top cybersecurity agency in Europe has said there are “technical limitations” to the right to be forgotten. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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