The European Commission called on Thursday for stronger protection of internet users’ personal information, after news of data leaks at companies like Facebook and Google highlighted concerns about digital privacy, reports the New York Times. Viviane Reding, the justice commissioner, announced its intention to overhaul the European Union’s data protection rules to take account of the development of social networking, personalized advertising and other web services that have raised privacy concerns. The new legislation, set to be introduced next year, would replace rules that date to 1995.

“The protection of personal data is a fundamental right,” Ms. Reding said. “To guarantee...

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