EU Data Protection Reforms Put Cos. In Privacy Pickle

Law360, New York (October 30, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT) -- The European Parliament last week passed a revised version of data protection reform legislation that adds restrictions that will make it all but impossible for multinational companies to comply with both European Union and U.S. privacy laws, leaving businesses with little choice but to continue their aggressive lobbying efforts, attorneys say.

The parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on Oct. 21 easily approved a draft version of a data protection regulation proposed by the European Commission in January 2012 to unify and strengthen the bloc’s 1995 data protection directive.

The parliament’s version adds several provisions to the commission’s proposal...

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