The Washington Post’s Cecilia Kang has a video interview with Viviane Reding, the vice president of the E.U. Justice Commission and head of privacy regulation. Here’s an excerpt:
What is the biggest difference between European and U.S. views on Internet privacy?
The basic values in Europe are that we have the right to our own private, personal data. It’s mine. And if one agrees to give that data,then it is available. That is known as opt-in consent and we’ve had that as law since 1995. […]
Why put all these into law instead of voluntary commitments by companies? Many are doing their own to create technologies and implement policies on privacy.
Protection of individuals is not the question of volutnary action. For us, it is written in our charter of fundamental rights that everyone has the right to the protection of their data.