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Commissioners: Draft Proposal Should Be Scrapped

DATA PROTECTION—UK

February 7, 2013

Wired reports that former and current UK information commissioners say proposed changes to the European Data Protection Directive would have a negative effect on commerce and have called for the draft to be discarded. Current Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said the proposed regulation would harm the average business more than it would those who are “truly taking advantage of personal data.” Former Commissioner Richard Thomas said the entire draft “should be taken back to the drawing board.” U.S. lobbyists have also been pushing for significant changes to the draft. Meanwhile, a survey has found 68 percent of Internet users “would select a Do-Not-Track feature if it was easily available when using a search engine.” Editor’s Note: Commissioner Graham will be a speaker in the breakout session A Side-by-Side Comparison of EU-U.S. Data Transfer Options at this year’s IAPP Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC.
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