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U.S. Officials Worried About Reg’s Effect on Industry; Committee Votes To Water It Down

DATA PROTECTION—EU & U.S.

January 25, 2013

Privacy advocates hoping new EU regulations on data protection might lead to worldwide standards may be disappointed following reactions from U.S. industry groups and the Obama administration, The Washington Post reports. Officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) and the U.S. Mission to the European Union have expressed concerns about the current EU proposal’s potential effect on industry and cross-border cooperation. “We need to have a global conversation. This is too important,” said Cameron Kerry, general counsel to the DoC, adding “We have to maintain the free flows of information.” Meanwhile, the European Parliament’s Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection has voted in favor of relaxing the proposed regulation. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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