Europe Urges U.S. to Handle Data Privacy With Care

The European Commission demanded on Wednesday that the American authorities take greater care in protecting European citizens’ personal data. But it did not take steps to change the rules that allow American companies like Google and Microsoft to compile that data.The statement by the commission came against a running debate between European and American officials over online data protection, a discussion that has become increasingly tense after a series of revelations by Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, about electronic surveillance by the United States in Europe.

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