EU Commissioner: Privacy Will Be Big Challenge for Next Decade
DATA PROTECTION—EUJanuary 29, 2010
On Data Protection and Privacy Day yesterday, EU Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding announced that the decade ahead promises many challenges, and the commission's goal is to reform the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive and create new rules for personal data protection and privacy. "Innovation is important in today's society but should not go at the expense of people's fundamental right to privacy," Reding said, explaining the focus is on ensuring that data protection rules are current with technology and as comprehensive as required by the Lisbon Treaty. "EU rules should allow everyone to realise their right to know when their personal data can be lawfully processed," she said. Reding is the incoming EU justice commissioner.