The European Council and Parliament have reached a compromise agreement on the new data protection directive, following three years of debate. Designed to replace the existing data protection directive from 1995, the new law aims to give consumers greater control over how their personal data is used, especially online. It also extends EU regulations to businesses based outside the region and handling data on EU residents.
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The New York Times has a bullet list of some of the changes the policies would produce, including the one that everyone thinks won’t work: obliging anyone under 16 to obtain parental consent before using popular services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, unless any national government lowers the age limit to 13.