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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Snowden promotes European data protection

Snowden's revelations have finally prompted action to improve European data protection, the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger comments: "Since Snowden fled to Hong Kong last spring, he has achieved more than all the other whistle-blowers before and after him. The suspicion that the surveillance extended to a large part of the free world has now been confirmed. ... This new reality has at least led to data protection being taken more seriously. A new EU regulation which had been talked about for 18 months cleared an important hurdle in the European Parliament yesterday. It will replace an old regulation that has been applied very disparately by the individual member states. If it also gets through the Council of Ministers, the states of the EU will jointly regulate data protection in the Internet age. For Switzerland, which has just initiated a similar revision, this would be an important signal."

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