EU Sets Sights On Stricter, But Unified Data Security

Law360, New York (December 9, 2011, 9:46 PM EST) -- The European Commission's proposed overhaul of its data protection directive, slated to be unveiled in January, will likely impose a stricter regime that will tighten notification requirements, harmonize member state laws and significantly increase fines for noncompliance, attorneys say.

Under the draft proposal leaked Wednesday and currently under review by the Directorates-General, the European Union's current data protection directive, which allows each state to make its own laws, would be replaced with an immediately enforceable regulation that applies uniformly to all 27 member states.

The 116-page...
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