Leaks Show EU Privacy Reform Being Gutted, Groups Say

By Emily Field (March 4, 2015, 8:52 PM EST) -- European Union leaders are gutting the reform of the bloc's data protection regime, according to privacy groups on Tuesday who obtained and analyzed leaked changes to the regulation proposed by European Council members.

European digital rights group EDRi and three other civil liberties groups said that 305 pages of leaked documents show that the member-state ministers are undercutting the process and stripping down protections for personal data from the draft approved by the European Commission and the European Parliament, such as the right to be asked for consent. These changes would lower data protection standards in Europe currently set by the...

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