EU Parliament Backs Privacy Reform, Bashes NSA Spying

Law360, New York (March 12, 2014, 9:28 PM EDT) -- The European Parliament on Wednesday cemented its support for a sweeping overhaul of the bloc's data protection regime that would subject companies to lofty fines for noncompliance and a separate resolution warning that a trade deal with the U.S. was in jeopardy because of concerns over U.S. spying activities.

In a pair of votes, the parliament overwhelmingly backed both a regulation proposed by the European Commission in January 2012 that would unify and strengthen the bloc's data protection regime as well as a resolution endorsed by...
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