EU: DATA PROTECTION: 'Breakthrough' on EU data protection bill

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"After 18 months of intense negotiations, MEPs spearheading the European Data Protection regulation have reached a compromise. The heavily lobbied draft bill, which included a record-breaking 4,000 amendments, is now set for a committee orientation vote in the next plenary session in Strasbourg....A so-called anti-FISA clause, removed at the Commission’s draft stage of the document following pressure from the US, is now back in the draft."

See the article: 'Breakthrough' on EU data protection bill (euobserver, link)

And see previous coverage: The following Note, released by Statewatch, from the USA was sent to the European Commission listing its opposition to key clauses in the draft revision of the Data Protection Directive: Informal Note on Draft EU General Data Projection Regulation (December 2011) (pdf) This was accompanied by a lobbying campaign at the stage of Inter-service consultation within the Commission. It is therefore no surprise to learn that: EU Commission Postpones Publication of Proposal for Revised Data Protection Directive (Privacy and Information Security Law blog, link). See also: EDRI comments: US lobbying against draft Data Protection Regulation (link)

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