Google aims to set EU data protection agenda

As EU privacy regulators maintain their focus on search engines, Internet giant Google pushed for harmonisation of EU and global rules on data protection during the first meeting of a new European Commission expert group designed to review current legislation.The main piece of EU legislation governing data protection at present is a directive adopted in 1995, when the Internet was in its infancy and many of today’s new technologies did not exist.Despite the adoption of a new directive in 2002, aimed exclusively at controlling privacy in electronic media, the EU data protection regulatory landscape looks outdated and requires renewed examination.

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