European Data Protection Digest

EC to Review Data Laws

PRIVACY LAW—EU

April 23, 2010

The European Commission will undertake a series of data law reviews, officials announced this week. ZDNet reports the Data Retention Directive, Data Protection Directive, the Passenger Name Record package and SWIFT accord will be examined. The Data Retention Directive, which has caused consternation in Member States, will be scrutinized to determine whether the six-month minimum retention period "is proportionate or whether the length of time the data is held is too long," said Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship spokesperson Matthew Newman. The 1995 Data Protection Directive "needs to be looked at" to determine whether it protects data adequately, Newman said.
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