Plans to beef-up the European Union’s data-protection rules face months of delays after some nations demanded more time to sign off on a law that would fine companies as much as 100 million euros ($136 million) for privacy violations, a senior EU official said.
European Union companies and citizens have suffered from an accord with the U.S. that has allowed technology companies such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. to access personal data on EU citizens for years, the European Commission said.
European Union companies may soon be forced to favor women over equally-qualified men for supervisory board seats after EU lawmakers backed draft rules that would impose a 40 percent quota for female directors.
The U.S. must tighten its privacy rules or risk harming relations with the European Union, the EU’s justice chief said in the wake of a scandal over reports America hacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.
U.S.-based technology firms Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Apple Inc. and other non-European companies that offer services in the European Union must abide by its overhauled data-protection rules, according to the bloc’s justice chief.
European Union nations should stop dragging their feet over an “urgent” overhaul of data protection rules that would foist tough constraints on U.S. tech companies, the bloc’s top privacy watchdog said.