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EU Data Supervisor Pushing Strengthened Privacy Laws

Roberta Holland | March 11, 2015

The newly installed head of data protection is making it clear tougher new privacy rules will remain a key focus as the European Union overhauls its data regulations.

European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli noted that privacy and personal data have morphed from largely academic concerns to headline news in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about U.S. mass surveillance, highly publicized hacks, and the European court ruling on the right to be forgotten.

“The tectonic plates of data laws are shifting, and in many ways Europe is at the epicenter of this realignment,” Buttarelli said during a speech in Washington this week before members of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program.

Buttarelli, who assumed his position in December...

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