The New York Times reports that recent worldwide data privacy incidents have spurred increased interest in data protection regulation. In a speech on Tuesday, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said she will propose expanding breach notification requirements to businesses outside the telecommunications sector. Citing recent breach events, Reding said in a statement that "European citizens care deeply about protecting their privacy and data protection rights...Any company operating in the EU market or any online product that is targeted at EU consumers should comply with EU rules." A Georgetown University professor said, "Authorities in Europe have decided that consumers better not be duped." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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