European Data Protection Digest

German Commissioner Supports EU Directive Review

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

November 5, 2010

German Commissioner for Data Privacy and Freedom of Information Peter Schaar welcomes the newly announced European Commission initiative to revise the EU Data Protection Directive saying it is a solid foundation for modernizing data privacy law. Schaar said he agrees with the commission that EU citizens have a guaranteed right to the protection of their personal data which must be applied in relations with non EU countries. This right should then apply to the processing of personal data by international Internet companies. Schaar also agrees that the right to protection of data should be strengthened as against government authorities. (Article in German)
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