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New EU privacy laws will apply to non-European companies in the continent

Jennifer Baker | June 9, 2014
EU justice ministers on Friday reached a partial agreement on planned new data privacy laws, but still disagree about how to implement them.

Jan Phillip Albrecht, the European parliamentarian who was in charge of steering the controversial text through the Parliament, said he was "very disappointed" that the ministers didn't agree on a general approach for the negotiations with the Parliament.

"There needs to be a position now. European citizens expect the political leadership to deliver and to effectively protect their fundamental right to data protection," he said via email. Albrecht managed to get a consensus in March after an unprecedented 4,000-plus amendments.


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