In particular, I like this idea: "companies who direct their services to European consumers should be subject to EU data protection laws." This should apply, in the general form, to all laws and all consumers, not just Europeans. I would like to see it go a step further: "Companies who target customers in another country are subject to the laws of that country". Of course, "target" would need to be better defined in order to prevent abuse… and judiciary branches worldwide would need to develop a way to deal with this sort of international cases.
Nonetheless, it would be a major step forward with forceful implications:
1) Web-based companies are forced to consider international needs
2) Cracking down on cybercrime will be a lot easier
3) The web is no longer a safe haven for conducting international business on terms that are more friendly to the corporation than the countries where the consumers are.
Upcoming EU data law will make Europe tricky for Facebook • The Register
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