EU skulle vedtatt et nytt direktiv om personvern, men det er utsatt etter press fra store søkemotorselskaper som Google og USA.
Tyskland har sluttet seg til Storbritannia og loven om personvern er dermed utsatt til etter 2015.
Selskaper som Google vet mye om europeiske borgeres nettbruk, og amerikanske myndigheter vil at de skal kunne «bestille» slik informasjonen også om europeere om nødvendig og ikke bare amerikanere.
For Google handler det om kommersiell utnyttelse av brukernes nettmønster, for USA handler det om security. Resultatet er det samme: EU kan ikke vedta en lov som nekter USA rett til innsyn.
The United States has also complicated matters, lobbying hard in Brussels against aspects of the proposed rules that Washington and American businesses do not like. Two years ago, it persuaded the commission to abandon a measure that would have shielded Europeans from requests by American authorities to share online data gathered by some of the biggest American Internet companies, which have many users in Europe.
Yet, in a serious reversal for Washington, that measure was restored after a panel of European Union lawmakers early last week backed a stipulation that could require American companies like Google and Yahoo to seek clearance from European officials before complying with United States warrants seeking private data. American technology companies worry that fines for breaking those rules and others would run as high as 5 percent of a company’s global annual revenue or 100 million euros, about $137 million, whichever is higher.
Mr. Albrecht, the German lawmaker who was pushing for tough rules, said one reason Germany joined Britain in seeking to slow down the process was the strong influence of the technology industry.
“Lobbying also, at the level of the heads of state, plays a role,” Mr. Albrecht said. He referred to news reports that Eric E. Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, had served as an adviser to David Cameron, the British prime minister.
Det er uenighet innad i EU. Land som Polen, Frankrike og Italia ønsket å vedta loven om personvern.