EU: Statewatch launches Observatory on data protection in the EU

- the protection of personal data in police and judicial matters

- full-text documentation on all the secret discussions in the Council

Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, comments:

"This is going to be a momentous decision affecting existing national laws on data protection, and the exchange of data within the EU and around the globe. It is also going to the the foundation of the right of data protection in a host of planned and future EU measures, including the new Schengen Information System (SIS II).

The Commission draft proposal is being substantially re-written by the Council's Multidisciplinary Group on Organised Crime including removing the rights of data subjects and obstacles to the passing of data to third countries outside the EU.

Until the Council finishes its so-called "second reading" the final text will not been known - when they are intending to simply "nod" it through. Unless the European Parliament recalls this text for further consideration there will be no time at all for an informed debate in national parliaments or civil society"


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