The European Union has unveiled a proposal to give consumers more power to sue companies if their rights have been violated, Reuters reports. The proposal would call for any offending company to be penalized up to 4 percent of their annual turnover. Under the new rules, EU consumer law would be extended to cover “free” digital services where consumers provide personal data, including social media information, email accounts and cloud storage services. While business groups said the proposed bill could lead to a wave of lawsuits, Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said profit-seeking class-action lawsuits would not be permitted under the pending legislation.
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