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Will the GDPR lead to greater European control over European data? Or will it harm European data companies as they compete?

By PATRICK STEPHENSON , BRUSSELS – When it comes data privacy, some Europeans are distinctly uneasy about how much information US data companies collect in Europe, and what they do with it. “We have a feeling sometimes that we are a bit colonised in Europe,” Karel Ribbens told the 8th Annual Data Protection and Privacy Conference here on 30 November. Referring to the EU’s general data protection regulation (GDPR), the founder of Artrix* NV (a Brussels-based start-up platform devoted to online privacy protection), Ribbens advocated a more European approach to data control. “Sometimes I think we should take back our data. We have to ask…

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