Europe May Expand Scope of Data Privacy Law

The European Commission is planning a legal change next year that may prompt U.S. Web giants like Google and Facebook to rethink how they store and process consumer data, raising the prospect of a trans-Atlantic dispute over Internet privacy. The European justice commissioner, Viviane Reding, said she planned to insert wording into a revision of the Continent’s main data privacy law that would require non-E.U. companies to abide by Europe’s stricter rules on data collection or face fines and prosecution.