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Flaws in current EU data protection laws to be amended

The European Commission’s justice commissioner Viviane Reding met with German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner, discussed the new directive yesterday and outlined plans for the updated law to compel any non-European company — with customers or clients within Europe — to comply with European regulations.

In a statement, it was said that the: “European Commission will come forward with proposals to reform the 1995 Data Protection Directive by the end of January 2012″.

“We both believe that companies who direct their services to European consumers should be subject to EU data protection laws. Otherwise, they should not be able to do business on our internal market”, the joint statement added.

Referring to the cloud, the new law will not only modernise the data protection laws, but will also counteract the effects of the Patriot Act in Europe.