European Data Protection Digest

Art. 29 Working Party Highlights BCRs, Search Engines in 2008 Annual Report

DATA PROTECTION—EU

January 22, 2010

The Article 29 Working Party released its annual report for 2008, which details data protection progress in the European Union for that year. The report--adopted in June 2009 but not released until EU Member State translations were complete--summarizes important legislative developments in individual EU Member States as well as initiatives from the Art. 29 Party, the European Commission, the European Court of Justice and the European Data Protection Supervisor in 2008. In the report's introduction, Art. 29 Party Chairman Alex Turk identified four main data protection issues for 2008: the protection of children's personal data, search engines, international data transfers--particularly the use of binding corporate rules (BCRs)--and the transfer of airline passenger name records to U.S. authorities.  
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