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EU data law changes "copied" from tech firm lobbyists

Publisher: 
PC Pro
Publication date: 
13-Feb-2013
Author(s): 
Stewart Mitchell
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Also named and shamed by Privacy International were Sajjad Karim, Conservative MEP for the North West of England, who allegedly proposed amendments with over 23% identical content, and Giles Chichester, Conservative MEP for South West England and Gibraltar, with 22% of content allegedly taken from lobbyist documents.

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"Certain companies will always be willing and able to throw millions of dollars behind lobbying efforts to ensure that new legislation doesn't interfere with their business models - particularly if those models are dependent on invading people's rights to privacy and data protection," said Anna Fielder, a trustee of Privacy International

"We would hope that MEPs are taking all sides of the argument into account when making law, not just the richest and most powerful corporate interests."