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Europe to force Google, Facebook to abide by EU privacy rules

06
Jun
2014

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Companies based outside the European Union must meet Europes data protection rules, ministers agreed on Friday, although governments remain divided over how to enforce them on companies operating across the bloc. The agreement to force Internet companies such as Google and Facebook to abide by EU rules is a first step in a wider reform package to tighten privacy laws – an issue that gained prominence following revelations of U.S. spying in Europe. Vodafones disclosure on Friday of the extent of telephone call surveillance in European countries showed the practice was not limited to the United States. The worlds second-largest mobile phone company, Vodafone is headquartered in the United Kingdom.

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