European Union Takes Steps Toward Protecting Data

The European Parliament passed a strong new set of data protection measures on Wednesday prompted in part by the disclosure of America’s vast electronic spying program.But the prospects for the provisions to become law will depend on the 28 European Union member governments giving their accord, which is highly uncertain. And the current Parliament will disband for elections in May, meaning the package will have to be picked up and carried forward by a new set of lawmakers who may or may not be as concerned about digital privacy as the current body.

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