EU: Council of the European Union: Data Protection subsumed into Working Party on "Information exchange"


Data Protection subsumed into Working Party on "Information exchange" (link): The Ad Hoc Group on Information Exchange (running the EU's Information Management Strategy for EU Internal Security) has been merged with the Working Party on Data Protection (which rarely met) and "with data protection being discussed as the need arises."

Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, comments:

"The track record of the Council shows that it has never taken data protection seriously. The Stockholm Programme states that personal privacy is fundamental but that this can be "interfered" with by "public authorities" (ie: state agencies). When "balancing" the demands of internal security and against the right to personal privacy there is little doubt which will win."

 

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