EU: European Data Protection Supervisor concerned about dilution of Data Protection standards

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Data Protection Framework Decision (pdf)

Peter Hustinx says:

"The recent agreement by the Council severely limits the scope of the text, and therefore also limits the level of protection the European citizen can expect from the resulting agreement."

He repeated this call, in particular emphasising:

• the need for the principles in the DPFD to closely mirror those in Directive 95/46/EC (the 1995 EC Directive)

• the need to distinguish between different categories of data subject, such as suspects, criminals, witnesses and victims;

• the need for conditions for transfers of personal data to non competent authorities and private parties (such as non-EU states)

- EU document no 12154/2/07 The nearly final draft Framework Decision on discussed at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 18 September

- See for full background Statewatch's Observatory on Data Protection in the EU

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