28 March 2012
putsch: Data protection handed to the DG for law,
order and security
- it is not "relevant" for citizens to know how and what information about them is exchanged
"It is not relevant to them [citizens] how the competencies are divided (and information distributed) between the different authorities to achieve that result."
The report ends by suggesting that the end-game is not just for all EU law enforcement agencies to have access to personal data regarding law and order (including DNA and fingerprints data) but that they should also have:
"direct access to the national administrative systems
of all Member States (eg: registers on persons, including legal
persons, vehicles, firearms, identity documents and drivers licences
as well as aviation and maritime registers."
"National administrative systems" no doubt will include personal medical records when these are available on national databases.
Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, comments:
"The EU is heading down the road of to a Big Brother society where the law enforcement agencies will have access to masses of personal and intimate data without any data protection worth the name.
To hand this job to the DG that also deals with the principle of availabilty is like putting the wolf in charge of the sheep. While one Directorate in this DG is meant to provide protection for peoples' rights, another one down the corridor will be ensuring that peoples' rights do not get in the way of the "principle of availability. This will lead to be an inevitable, and unacceptable, conflict of interest"
Source: This article first appeared in Statewatch bulletin, March-April 2005 (vol 15 no 2)
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