EU: DATA PROTECTION: Article 29 Working Party on Data Protection: Opinion 01/2013 providing further input into the discussions on the draft Police and Criminal Justice Data Protection Directive

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"The Working Party stresses that the current exemptions and limitations to the data subjects’ rights are too broad. Without further explanation, it is in particular not justifiable why Member States should be allowed to exempt entire categories of personal data from the right of access."

"The evolution of law enforcement techniques and methods in the past decade clearly demonstrate that all these categories which fall under the broad category of “non-suspects” need specific protection. This is especially the case when the processing is not done in a specific criminal investigation or prosecution.It is the difference between information that the law enforcement authorities ‘need to know’ and the information that is ‘nice to have’."

See: Full opinion (pdf)

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