EU: The Council of Europe: Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data

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The Committee is concerned about transfers of data to third states and that "the legal basis for future treaties with third countries that do not have an adequate level of protection should be clarified". The Committee also believes - like the European Parliament, the EU Data Protection Authorities and the European Data Protection Supervisor - that the proposed Framework Decision on data protection in police and judicial matters should cover exchanges between states and national law in each member states so that two different sets of rules are not in place. However, the German Council Presidency announced at the Article 36 Committee meeting on 22-23 March that:

"that it had decided to restrict the scope of the proposal to the exchange of data between Member States, thus excluding data processing at a domestic level."

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