Much stricter data protection for EU citizens proposed by Mark Owen and Richard Foster (Harbottle & Lewis)

Much stricter data protection for EU citizens proposed, by Mark Owen, IT & IP partner, and Richard Foster, solicitor, with Harbottle & Lewis

e-commerce law and policy – March 2012

The European Commission published in January its proposals for a comprehensive reform of the EU’s data protection laws, designed to strengthen online privacy and harmonise data protection rules within the EU. Mark Owen and Richard Foster, of Harbottle & Lewis, explain why the new proposals place a much higher burden on data controllers than the old regime. They also examine the proposals’ impact on e-commerce businesses, such as to extend the applicability of the data protection principles further outside the EU than under the current regime, significant for US-based services.

 

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