Internet Companies Push Against European Data Law

Facebook, Apple, Google, Amazon and I.B.M., individually and through industry groups, have all sought to actively participate in a European legislative process that could give half a billion consumers the right to withhold basic personal details while using the Web, putting a major crimp in the financial model that makes those business run. Their European counterparts showed up in force at a conference in Berlin to discuss the potential law, which is expected to come to a vote sometime next year.