PC World reports EU justice ministers reached a partial agreement on the proposed overhaul of EU data protection law. The ministers agreed to rules governing international data transfers and the territorial scope of the proposed regulation, the report states. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said, “It’s in the interest of companies to have legal certainty rather than having to spend money on costly lawsuits only to arrive at the same result at the end.” The main sticking point is the so-called “one-stop-shop” mechanism. A European Data Protection Supervisor representative said, “Everyone agrees that a one-stop-shop is necessary, but there are about 20 different ideas of what that should mean in practice.” The lack of full agreement means a final round of negotiations cannot resume until October.
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