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Group Criticized for Lack of Transparency

DATA PROTECTION—EU & U.S.

May 20, 2013

The European Privacy Association (EPA) has revealed that several U.S.-based tech companies are backers, IDG News Service reports. Last Thursday, the Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)—a watchdog that “works to expose privileged access in EU policy making”—filed a complaint stating the EPA, while working to represent industry interests in EU data protection reforms, did not list any backers on the EU Transparency Register, the report states. A CEO representative said the group’s name conflicts with its pro-industry stance, creating a “confusing…mismatch.” In a press release, the EPA said, “We are immediately clarifying such discrepancies” to ensure that they’re “in line with the guidelines of the European Union.”
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