After recent allegations of US spying by Edward Snowden, the EU has proposed a draft of regulations intended to protect citizen’s digital data. Specifically the legislation would prohibit companies from sharing citizen’s data with a non EU country and impose limits on the use of personal data by companies. In order to implement such a wide ranging piece of legislation, many companies would need to purchase data-protection professionals. However, one French company points out a number of significant loopholes in the legislation that will allow some companies to easily escape the consequences, or may damage legitimate uses of online personal data.
This is a great example of a government trying to “control” a situation, and the negative consequences that can result. Ultimately, only consumers can demand change, and the only effective change will come from the major powerhouses of the internet, the ISPs, e-mail servers, Google and Facebook. Any solution by an “outsider” will likely be ineffective against another “outsider” like the US, who the legislation is trying to impede.
Critics condemn new EU data-protection legislation – BBC News Technology — October 22 2013 – Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24622919