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EU countries likely to drag out data privacy talks this week

Jennifer Baker | June 4, 2014
New rules governing who handles EU consumers’ privacy complaints will not be agreed this week despite being on the agenda for member states to discuss.

The proposed law has been discussed since 2012 and when implemented — probably not before 2017 at the current pace of negotiations — will apply to all companies operating within the European Union, no matter where they are based.

The proposal would give authorities the power to impose multimillion-dollar fines on any company that misuses Europeans' data. Under the latest compromise text, even local data protection authorities will have a say on sanctions. If they disagree with a lead authority, they can object and the matter will then be referred to the European Data Protection Board.

 

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