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EU Plans to Fund Recovery Through Data Protection Fines

Ok, it may be that I took a liberty or two with the headline. However, when you read what the EU (European Union) is “allowing” itself to do if a company violates their first update to their data protection laws in 17 years and then look at the state of THEIR union its not a very far jump to get to my conclusion.

From Bloomberg

Companies face fines as high as 2 percent of yearly global sales for losing personal data under an overhaul of European Union privacy rules.

Data protection agencies in the EU’s 27 countries would gain the power to sanction companies that violate requirements for handling personal information proposed by the European Commission today. The measures, which also target online- advertising and social networking sites, update the EU’s 17- year-old data protection policies.

The EU overhaul would also clamp down on data lapses such as Sony Corp. (6758)’s six-day delay in warning customers about a cyber attack that exposed more than 100 million customer accounts, the second-largest online data breach in U.S. history. Industry groups with members including Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Google Inc. (GOOG) have warned against overly strict data-privacy rules that may stifle innovation.

At least we found something that Google and Microsoft can agree upon?

Just think about how much harder the EU will start looking for violations especially from companies with giant annual revenue numbers! You don’t think this kind of system isn’t ripe for corruption and misuse? Heck, every system is, so maybe that’s fair either.

Anyway, if you have any business happening within the confines of the European Union you better start studying up. Last thing you need is a bill in the Accounts Payable department that reads “Amount Due – 2% of Annual Sales”.

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