The German public is acutely conscious of data privacy issues, as this  carnival float with a  caricature representing Google and Facebook in a Duesseldorf parade highlights. Photograph: Ina Fassbender

Germany is double-dealing on European data regulations, according to negotiators on a new EU regulation, by demanding high privacy standards in publi(...)

Companies face massive fines of up to €100 million under the proposed new data protection regulation currently being debated by the European Parliament. A committee of MEPs last night voted in favour of a draft that will now be the subject of negotiations with the European Council.

Companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple - which have their European headquarters in Ireland - may be forced to seek clearance from data protectio(...)