European Data Protection Digest

Kroes: Data Protection—Not Protectionism—Is Needed

ONLINE PRIVACY—EU

December 5, 2013

European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes writes for the World Economic Forum’s blog, “We should not sit like rabbits in the headlights in the face of scandals or allow trust in the Internet to collapse.” Kroes suggests that “proper and clever use of data requires a lot more than data protection laws. If your home or office has been burgled, you don’t just call a lawyer: You get a better lock.” Noting that consumers “won’t use what they don’t trust,” Kroes writes, “I support data protection not data protectionism.” Her post includes recommendations for seeing “data as an opportunity … to make our lives easier and grow our economies.”
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