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EU lawmakers to vote on data protection laws, foreseeing fines and limits data transfers to US
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, October 21, 2013 5:59 AM EDT
European Union lawmakers are set to hold a first vote on sweeping new data protection rules to strengthen online privacy and outlaw most data transfers to other countries' authorities to prevent spying.
The legislation is expected to pass a committee vote late Monday. It's likely to be amended later on since it also requires approval by Parliament's plenary and the EU's 28 member states.
Supporters hail it as a milestone toward establishing genuine online privacy rights, while opponents warn of creating a hugely bureaucratic regulation that will overwhelm businesses and consumers.