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In a feature for NEWEUROPE Online, European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx explains that despite its impressive history, the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC "is starting to show its age." Given the increasingly Internet-based nature of the world we live in and other factors, he writes, "there is not only a need for modernization but also an urgent need to ensure that the principles of data protection continue to be fully effective in a changing world." Among the improvements Hustinx calls for are harmonization of data protection rules, additional rights for data subjects and, for DPAs, "adequate resources and stronger powers of enforcement that are equivalent in all member states." The European Commission is expected to release its revised framework later this month.
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