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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a strict European agreement on data protection that would require all Internet service providers operating in Europe to reveal the personal information they keep and with whom they share it, CNN reports. Merkel has suggested that the requirement could be codified within the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, but there’s some doubt as to the feasibility of that. Meanwhile, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said revelations surrounding the U.S. National Security Agency’s surveillance program helped add momentum to the case of those already calling for stronger data protection measures in the EU. Meanwhile, Politico reports on privacy issues’ impact on U.S.-EU trade talks.
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