back to article Americans care more about EU data protection laws than the French

Around 800 people really do want to compare all the different versions of the EU’s proposed new data protection law. On Monday the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) launched an app that allows users to compare the texts proposed by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the council of national ministers …

  1. Charlie Clark Silver badge
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    The data protection watchdog has no formal role in the so-called trialogue negotiations (three-way talks between the EU Commish, Parl and Council)

    It's sad to see El Reg turn into a kind of step-sister of the Daily Mail. You can't have trialogue negotiations. You could at a pinch call a conversation between three parties a "trialogue" but where's the value (apart from the neologism)? Much simple to say "tripartite negotiations" or "three-party negotiations".

    As for "Commish" and "Parl", I guess it might be slightly amusing after a couple of drinks. But then why not go the whole hog and refer to the European Council as "Cunny"? No, it isn't really very funny is it.

    The real story is how poorly funded and resourced the various data protection offices are especially in comparison to the multiple secret police that governments seem so keen on. Spying on the public is obviously the best way of protecting it.

    1. Vincent Ballard

      Europarl seems to be the insider term for them. I suspect it's because those prefixes work for a lot of European languages (en: European Parliament; fr: Parlement européen; de: Europäisches Parlament; es and it: Parlamento europeo; etc). Their domain is

    2. Wedgey

      You need to get out more bro

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    Probably because...'s written in legal speak and everyone in france knows it doesn't matter what the electorate want, the MEPs and europe will do what it wants anyway so why bother reading it?

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: Probably because...

      Exactly. And we here in the States have an interest since we'll get clobbered by our lawmakers. We just want to know if the rest of the world has it as bad.

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        Re: Probably because...

        This would be a much more significant piece of new if the only way to read these documents and/or give feedback was via this app.

  3. heyrick Silver badge

    On Google Play

    The product information says "1+ downloads". That's really sad.

    On the plus side, it doesn't appear to want loads of unnecessary permissions.

  4. Jeffrey Nonken Silver badge

    It's just because were terrible busybodies.

  5. ObSolutions, Inc

    " which is more than can be said for the French. There have been fewer than 10 downloads from France."

    Perhaps people aren't downloading it because those who are interested got the pdf version several days ago and are reading that on a proper screen rather than a phone screen?

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