Data Protection All You Need to Know about the EU Privacy Debate

The European Union is seeking to increase the private sphere of its citizens by strengthening data protection laws for the web. Large Internet firms and lobbyists are fighting the plans. Here's an overview of the debate in Brussels.
Mining your data: The European Union's institutions are currently split on Internet privacy reform.

Mining your data: The European Union's institutions are currently split on Internet privacy reform.

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The European Commission headquarters in Brussels: the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Council are debating the path forward for data.

The European Commission headquarters in Brussels: the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Council are debating the path forward for data.

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Geodata collected in an iPhone: Should this be considered protected private data?

Geodata collected in an iPhone: Should this be considered protected private data?

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Fortune Cookie: Should users' consent be required before laying a cookie in their browser?

Fortune Cookie: Should users' consent be required before laying a cookie in their browser?

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Google's European headquarters in Dublin: Should Irish data protection authorities have the last word?

Google's European headquarters in Dublin: Should Irish data protection authorities have the last word?

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European Justice Commissioner Viviene Reding of Luxembourg: The European Commission is seeking to gain supervisory power.

European Justice Commissioner Viviene Reding of Luxembourg: The European Commission is seeking to gain supervisory power.

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