US lobbyists supplied European politicians with text for data law

Members of the European Parliament complain about the lobbying pressure

By Jennifer Baker, IDG News Service |  IT Management

Even American activists such as Jay Stanley, American Civil Liberties Union senior policy analyst, have urged European law makers to stand firm against lobbying by companies such as Facebook and Google as well as the U.S. Mission to the E.U.

A recent document published by the U.S. Mission to the E.U. claimed that the proposed new regulation could "stifle innovation and inhibit growth" and urged the E.U. "to look more toward outcomes that provide meaningful protection for privacy and focus less on formalistic requirements."

Once it has been assessed by all the Parliamentary committees, the proposed law will be voted on by the Parliament as a whole during the plenary session in April.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter at @BrusselsGeek or email tips and comments to jennifer_baker@idg.com.

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