WIRED reports on the “varying degrees of praise and criticism from all sides” in response to MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht’s draft report on the European Commission’s proposed update to the 1995 Data Protection Directive. Albrecht’s report recommends strengthening the current proposal by increasing individuals’ rights on provisions including the right to be forgotten, online tracking and data portability. The report also recommends expanding the role of consent and granting data protection authorities more powers. Industry is voicing significant concern. Kimon Zorbas of IAB Europe said the proposal’s “dramatic” recommendations would have “significant, damaging effects on industry.” Parliament is expected to vote on the proposal in April.
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