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    IDG News Service: Google to Call for Creation of EU Privacy, Security Panel

    IDG News Service reports that Google, which recently said it might leave China over security and privacy problems, “is pushing for the creation of an EU group to look at security and privacy policy.”

    [Google attorney Peter Fleischer] added that it is essential to find an appropriate balance between respecting users’ privacy and maintaining network security. “To do that we need to open a dialog with the cybersecurity community. You can’t discuss privacy in a vacuum,” he said.

    At the end of this week Google will submit a proposal to the Article 29 committee, a body comprising data protection officials from all 27 countries in the European Union, suggesting the creation of a panel of cybersecurity experts as well as privacy officials, Fleischer said.

    The committee has asked all leading search engine makers to respond to its concerns about privacy by the end of January.

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