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Proposed Data Protection Reforms Include Stiff Penalties for Violators

Roberta Holland | March 12, 2014

Companies violating the European Union's new data protection laws would face fines of up to €100 million, according to the provisions of a sweeping reform package approved by European Parliament this week.

The stiffer corporate penalties are part of the data protection overhaul, which members of parliament said was desperately needed to bring the law up to date with technology. The EU's current data policy was formed 19 years ago.

Under the new rules, still subject to negotiations with the European Council and European Commission, any search engine, social networking site, or cloud storage provider must obtain prior authorization from a national data protection authority in the EU before releasing an EU citizen's personal data to another country. The individual concerned also must be notified by the company about the request.

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