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Europe Moves Forward with Comprehensive Strategy for Privacy Protection

The European Commission announced today a strategy to "protect individuals' data in all policy areas, including law enforcement, while reducing red tape for business and guaranteeing the free circulation of data within the EU." The key goals include strengthening the rights of individuals, enhancing the free flow of information, extending privacy safeguards to police and criminal justice records systems, ensuring high levels of protection for data transferred outside of the European Union, and more effective enforcement of privacy rules. The new policy will build on the 1995 EU Data Directive which is the foundation for much of privacy law across Europe. The Commission is encouraging public comments on the proposal. The Commission also posted a FAQ on Data Protection Reform. For more information, see EPIC - EU Data Protection Directive.

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