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In an unpreceented move, the Conservative Party bloc in the EU Parliament has brought forth the suggestion for a law, that global companies like Microsoft, Google and others must make sure that users have their privacy and can't be spied on (without being informed and approved by a court in every case), or the European Union will revoke their license in Europe!
Here is the (alas German) article on "Spiegel Online"
Translated the vital parts:
"After the revelations about the U.S. spy program prism, the largest group in the European Parliament threatens the major Internet companies with an operating ban. "Whether Google, Facebook or Russian companies: any company that offers services in the EU on the Web must guarantee that they meet EU standards comply with data protection," said Manfred Weber (CSU), deputy leader of the European People's Party (EPP ), to SPIEGEL ONLINE. "Those who do not play by the rules, may not operate here."
Justice expert Weber demanded a massive tightening of the current draft of the European Commission, which is currently being negotiated by Member States in the Council and Parliament. He wants to force companies to inform European data protection authorities to requests from intelligence to data of EU citizens. But above all, they need to make sure that the data access does not happen without the permission of the local data protection and without a court order.
"If it is not possible by legislate measures to protect these data, we need to think about a control of the EU Cloud. We must encourage or restrict the business."
The mills of the EU usually work slow. Still, an interesting development.
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