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Ambassador Concerned with Draft’s Provisions

PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.

December 5, 2012

New Europe reports on U.S. concerns about the broad authority that may be granted to the European Commission under the EU’s draft data protection regulation. While U.S. Ambassador to the EU William Kennard has welcomed the regulation saying “policy makers on both sides of the Atlantic” have an opportunity to “work together to find common success,” he also voiced concerns about the commission’s authority under the proposal to “unilaterally prescribe technical standards for data protection without the full participation of industry interests.” Kennard also noted concern about implementing the draft’s explicit consent and right to be forgotten provisions.
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