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Spiegel Online reports on the debate surrounding the EU’s proposed overhaul of the Data Protection Directive. With differing reactions from industry, advocates and others, the debate is heating up. Swedish MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, together with several tech experts, warned that the proposals threaten Europe’s competitiveness. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said, “A modern and uniform set of data protection rules is good for growth.” According to TechCrunch, EDRi, Europe’s digital and civil rights association, has obtained a U.S. government lobbying document stating that the current regulation and directive “can have far-reaching negative effects…Economically, they could stifle innovation and inhibit growth.” Meanwhile, a coalition of privacy advocates has written a letter to the EU urging it to move forward with the proposed privacy regulations.
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