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Modernize EUs’ Data Protection Framework Directive

Late last month, European Union Commissioner Viviane Reding re-stated her desire to reform and modernize the EU’s Data Protection Framework Directive (95/46/EC). She noted that “Commission is currently analyzing over 160 responses to public consultation and that proposal to reform the Directive is expected to be released by the end of 2010.” “You can find Microsoft’s response to the public consultation on the Data Protection Directive here. In my view, general principles of the current Directive have survived the test of time, they’re widely respected and have served as a model for several other jurisdictions. However, significant technological evolution of the last decade as well as growing volume and complexity of cross-border data movements mean it’s timely to look at the Framework again more closely. Current rules didn’t foresee the growth of online services and emergence of “cloud” computing, but progress is being made[…],” said Thomas Myrup Kristensen.

VP EU Affairs General Counsel, John Vassallo, talk about the promise of cloud computing, and Brad Smith, Microsoft’s SVP for Legal and Corporate Affairs talk about cloud computing and its future challenges:

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