Germany asks web firms to write privacy code

The German government has asked Google and other internet companies to draw up a voluntary code offering the users of their services better privacy protection. A deadline of December has been agreed for the submission of proposals, the government said.Germany’s interior minister Thomas de Maiziere held a press conference announcing the proposal after meeting with representatives of Google, Apple, Microsoft and others.He told reporters that he had suggested the creation of a data protection code to which companies would sign up.

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