Legal Alert: Privacy and Data Protection Alert
The White House and European Union Privacy Proposals
by Timothy Toohey
Second in a Two-Part Series
(Part One can be found here.)
European Data Protection Regulation
In contrast to the White House’s proposal, which is limited to consumer transactions online and seeks adoption of a voluntary code of conduct in the first instance, the Data Protection Regulation (EU Regulation) proposed by the European Commission is detailed, comprehensive and, if passed by the European Parliament and Council, binding on all EU member states. Indeed, the proposed regulation, which replaces the current EU data protection directives, would likely have a much greater effect on companies operating outside the EU than is currently the case with the existing EU laws.