EU May Propose Criminal Penalties for Data Privacy Breaches
Updated · Oct 25, 2010
According to a new report on Bloomberg, European Union regulators may propose expanded criminal penalties to enforce data protection rules that limit what companies and governments can do with personal information. As noted in the report, Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. are among several Internet companies that have come under European scrutiny for possible privacy breaches.
“People should also have the right to have their details deleted and to remove lists of friends, photos or medical records, according to a European Commission document obtained by Bloomberg. The proposals may also make it easier for data protection authorities and consumer groups to file lawsuits over privacy breaches.
“Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. are among several Internet companies that have come under European scrutiny for possible privacy breaches. Data-protection officials have criticized Facebook, the largest social-networking site, for putting users’ personal information and privacy at risk with recent policy changes.”
Read the Full “EU May Propose Criminal Sanctions, Fines for Data Privacy Cases” Story at Bloomberg