Jan 252012
 January 25, 2012  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S., Online

Claire Davenport reports:

The European Commission proposed new online data privacy rules on Wednesday, putting more responsibility on companies to protect users’ information, and said those who breach the code could be fined up to two percent of annual turnover.

After two years of examining the shifts in Internet use and the behavior of consumers using websites such as Facebook, Google and Yahoo!, the European commissioner in charge of data privacy, Viviane Reding, said she was determined to give individuals more control over their personal information.

“The protection of personal data is a fundamental right for all Europeans, but citizens do not always feel in full control of their personal data,” Reding said.

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