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In an email addressed to Politiken, European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding has “accused the Danish government of stalling negotiations on the project for harmonised regulation on the protection of personal data”, which are underway in Brussels.

“The proposed European regulation is supposed to reinforce consumers’ control over their data and to simplifiy the rules for companies,” explains the daily.

The Danish Minister for Justice Morten Bødskov has argued that the text does not sufficiently take into account differences in existing rules in different countries, and that it does not offer users sufficient protection.

The daily illustrates the topic with a cartoon about the case of a retired teacher whose Facebook account became associated with a brand of vibrator when she clicked “like” for a site that mainly sells kitchen utensils.