EU Wants Europe-Wide New Rules on Personal Data

By Gary Cutlack on at

The EU is planning to introduce new data-protection legislation to cover all of Europe, to protect us from being exploited by evil corporations and eventually save small businesses "2.3 billion euros" thanks to reduced admin costs.

The idea is to introduce one new data-protection system to cover the entire EU, replacing the current individual practises each member country has at the moment. There will also be a new right "to be forgotten" which should see the likes of Facebook and Google forced into simplifying their removal options.

Viviane Reding, the vice president of the European Commission, said: "Only if consumers can ‘trust’ that their data is well protected, will they continue to entrust businesses and authorities with it, buy online, and accept new services."

Not much more is said about actual plans and implementations at this early stage, although Reding says we should expect the new EU data-protection bill to appear on January 25th. [Reuters]

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