EU: Data protection - European Commission proposal

Data protection activities of police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters provided for by Title VI of the Treaty on European Union and Impact Assessment - Data Protection (pdf). Article 1.2 says: "Member States shall ensure that the disclosure of personal data to the competent authorities of another Member State is neither restricted nor prohibited for reasons connected with the protection of personal data as provided for under this Framework Decision." In short, all data and "intelligence" (which may be speculation) held can be exchanged. Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, comments: "when it comes to the balance between the demands of state agencies and the rights and privacy of individual there is no contest, the state wins every time."


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