The Snowden Effect: The European Union Seeks to integrate Data Privacy into Digital Economy; Implementation will certainty be a challenge – how to integrate all definitions of what privacy is.
All 28 leaders of the E.U. member states discussed issues of data protection, mass surveillance and the digital economy at a meeting that continued late into the night on Thursday. However, the meeting was dragged out with discussion on the subject of alleged illegal snooping by the U.S. National Security Agency, among others. Allegations that the NSA hacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone gave impetus to this debate…Also on the agenda was the overhaul of Europe’s data protection laws, although these would not have had any impact on any alleged spying. The new data protection regulation got the thumbs-up in a key committee vote in the European Parliament on Monday and negotiations with the E.U. member states were expected to begin soon.