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The European Union is calling on developed countries – particularly the United States – to sign on to a global system for trading carbon credits to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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Canada has strict privacy protection laws that are recognized as compliant with privacy laws in the European Union. Canadian and European companies who host their sites in the United States are potentially breaking the law if private information is not adequately protected or disclosed contrary to Canadian or European law. This is especially a concern due to far-reaching American laws like the US Patriot Act. Hosting in Canada means your privacy and personal information is effectively and consistently protected by federal legislation.

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Do you know where your website data is physically stored? Do you know what legal jurisdiction the hosting company you are using falls under?

Many hosting companies are merely resellers the services of other big companies. By not asking the right questions you will never know who is ultimately keeping your data, and you can only guess where the servers are physically located – your website could be hosted any where in the world.

We firmly advocate that you locate your websites and client data in countries that protect your privacy and information with strong legislation. Make sure you know who owns the equipment and where its located before you buy.

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The Europeana digital library reopened on Tuesday, more than a month after it crashed because of heavy use.

The European Commission says server capacity for the digital library has been quadrupled to handle demand.

The online library that pulled together collections from more than 1,000 institutions, including the British Library and the Louvre, crashed on its first day of operations — Nov. 20.

Its EU backers had failed to anticipate the 10 million hits per hour it experienced on the first day.

The Europeana project allows users to access films, paintings, photographs, sound recordings, maps, manuscripts, newspapers, and documents as well as books kept in European libraries.

By the time it is complete in 2010, it will provide access to most of Europe’s great libraries and art galleries.

Europeana is being run by a staff of 14.

The current site has a note saying it is in a “test phase” and the number of users may be limited at peak hours.

“At the moment things are going very smoothly. The commission will monitor (the situation) along with the Europeana team,” European Commission spokesman Martin Selmayr told Agence France Press.

“We expect that in the course of February we will be able to add new material to Europeana to make it even more interesting than it already is today.”

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