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Rhetoric Between Brussels and DC Heats Up

PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.

February 11, 2013

Financial Times reports on comments made by EU Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding responding to efforts by U.S. lobbyists to influence the EU’s proposed data protection regulation. “Exempting non-EU companies from our data protection regulation is not on the table,” said Reding, adding, “one thing is clear: if companies want to tap into the European market, they have to apply European standards.” According to the report, Reding’s comments will likely ignite a diplomatic tussle between Brussels and Washington. Meanwhile, the EU’s largest telecom industry group is backing the region’s privacy overhaul. Reworking the EU’s privacy framework “is a major move toward establishing a truly level playing field,” the chairman of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association said. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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