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EU Document Hints at Legislative Changes in Directive Review

PRIVACY LAW—EU

October 20, 2010

A European Commission (EC) document obtained by Bloomberg hints at what regulators may propose in the upcoming review of the EU Data Protection Directive. "It appears that the commission intends to propose changes in the law and non-legislative steps to bring about the changes that are being discussed," writes Hogan Lovells partner Christopher Wolf in a blog post. The EC document suggests that expanded criminal penalties for data protection violations may be on the way, stating that it is "essential to have effective provisions on remedies and sanctions," including "criminal sanctions in case of serious data protection violations." The document also suggests that citizens gain the right to have certain details deleted from the Web, the Bloomberg report states. Regulators are set to discuss the document in early December and a draft of the amended legislation is expected in mid-2011.
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