The EU’s Article 29 Working Party sent letters to Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to express concerns that the search engine providers’ practices may not be in compliance with EU law.

Continue Reading Article 29 Working Party Calls on FTC to Investigate Online Retention and Anonymization Policies

On January 12, 2010, Ms. Viviane Reding, Commissioner-designate for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, was questioned during a public hearing before the European Parliament.  During this hearing, Ms. Reding revealed her priorities in the field of privacy and data protection.  “Fundamental rights and data protection will be top of the line” said Ms. Reding, who explained that she intends to incorporate the EU’s data protection rules into a modern and comprehensive legal instrument.
Continue Reading New EU Fundamental Rights Commissioner Reveals Privacy and Data Protection Priorities in the European Union

Commissioner Viviane Reding has been chosen as Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights, and Citizenship in the new European Commission that is set to take office in early 2010 (assuming approval by the European Parliament).  Ms. Reding’s responsibilities will thus include data protection, including the Commission’s ongoing review of the EU framework for data protection.  She