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EDPS foresees smooth sailing for data protection…for Europe

By PATRICK STEPHENSON, with BROOKS TIGNER, BRUSSELS – On 4 May the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) released his 2016 Annual Report on the EU’s internal efforts to safeguard data privacy. Giovanni Buttarelli, the supervisor, declared that the EU is the “leading force on data protection in the world in the digital age,” and that Europeans should do more to be an example to third countries on how to regulate data collection.

But regarding US-EU relations under the administration of US President Donald Trump, he was not so sanguine. “Privacy seems to be not the top of their priorities,” he said, describing a position that could weigh heavily on efforts to…

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