In summarizing last year’s data privacy trends, Google’s privacy chief, Peter Fleischer, recently attacked Europe’s efforts to reform data protection laws, which he says will set the global standard.
“Europe’s much-ballyhooed, and much-flawed, proposal to re-write its privacy laws for the next 20 years collapsed. The old draft is dead, and something else will eventually be resurrected in its place,” Fleischer, global privacy counsel of Google, wrote in a Jan. 8 blog post. “We’ll have to wait until 2014, or perhaps even later, to learn what will replace it. Whatever comes next will be the most important privacy legislation in the world, setting the global standards. I’m hopeful that this pause will give lawmakers time to write a better, more modern and more balanced law.”