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V3.co.uk reports the head of Field Fisher Waterhouse's privacy and information law group, Eduardo Ustaran, CIPP, comments that updating and strengthening the EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) is vital to protect European citizens' data. The European Commission (EC) "wants to make sure that companies targeting individuals in the EC do not fall outside European law as the current directive is limited in scope," says Ustaran. "For example, German data regulators find it hard to compel organizations to adhere to its own laws if they're not based within the EU at large, so there is a strong desire to overhaul the current system." The updated directive is also reportedly going to address loopholes in the current directive that allow the U.S. Patriot Act to access European citizens' data contained in the cloud.  
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