EU: Statewatch publishes 18-page analysis on: EU data protection in police and judicial cooperation matters

EU data protection in police and judicial cooperation matters: Rights of suspects and defendants under attack by law enforcement demands (pdf)

backed by full-text documentation on Statewatch's Observatory on data protection in the EU

Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor who prepared this analysis, 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. If it does so without the opportunity for national and European parliaments and civil society to express their views it will utterly lack legitimacy"


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