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Industry, Lobbyists Converge To Discuss Directive

DATA PROTECTION—EU

May 14, 2013

Representatives from European banking, auto, aeronautics and technology industries met in Berlin this week to discuss the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation, The New York Times reports. One communications expert says that industries having “nothing to do with social media” are showing concern about the likelihood of “a whole new layer of regulation,” noting that one motivation for the proposal is to rein in the use of social media data by big tech firms. Thomas Lehnert, director of data protection for EADS Deutschland, said he expects an increased need for data protection officers in his organization—which currently employs eight full-time officers. “I think we are talking about a multiple of what we have now,” Lehnert said. (Registration may be required to access this story.) Editor's note: For insight into the European Regulation, see our coverage of Peter Hustinx's and Richard Thomas's talks at the IAPP's recent London event.
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