Irish Watchdog Calls US Data Protection Inadequate

Law360, Washington (February 7, 2013, 10:07 PM EST) -- Ireland's data protection commissioner said Thursday that the European Union would not officially recognize the adequacy of the U.S.' personal data protection efforts unless the U.S. enacts comprehensive privacy legislation, but two Federal Trade Commission officials said such legislation was unlikely.

During a panel at the American Bar Association’s annual consumer protection conference at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes predicted that the only way the U.S. could obtain a judgment that its privacy regime was comparable to the level...
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