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The European Commission will strengthen legal protections for personal data, reform copyright law and ensure that device and software makers embrace open standards, it said when outlining its new digital policies. The Commission has published its Digital Agenda, the series of aims which will guide its legislating and policy formation activities in the next 10 years. “We must put the interests of Europe’s citizens and businesses at the forefront of the digital revolution and so maximise the potential of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to advance job creation, sustainability and social inclusion”, said Commission vice president for the digital agenda Neelie Kroes. “The ambitious strategy set out today shows clearly where we need to focus our efforts in the years to come. To fully realise the potential of Europe’s digital future we need the full commitment of Member States, the ICT sector and other vital economic players.” The Commission’s priorities include changing copyright law to make cross-border trade in digital goods and services more widespread, it said. The Commission’s plan also includes a proposal to strengthen data protection law to cultivate trust in online services.
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