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Internet giants to face tougher EU data law

European Commissioner responsible for Justice Viviane Reding delivers a speech during a press conference on a fundamental rights and gender equality report at the EU headquarters in Brussels on April 14, 2013Foreign firms operating in the EU, including those that dominate the Internet, will be subject to a new data protection law which is still being finalised, the EU Commission said Friday. Personal data protection has become a hugely sensitive issue after revelations of massive snooping by US and other intelligence services, including through networks belonging to major telecoms and Internet giants. “Data protection will apply to all companies operating in the European Union,” said Viviane Reding, European Justice Commissioner after talks with EU ministers, It was one of the most contentious points when I presented the data protection reform in January 2012,” Reding said.

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