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Hustinx Advises on Balancing Privacy, Transparency

DATA PROTECTION—EU

March 25, 2011

European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx has issued advice to European Union institutions on how to protect privacy while providing access to information, V3.co.uk reports. The advice comes after a ruling by the European Court of Justice that the European Commission "was right to refuse the release of information on the attendees of a meeting requested by the Bavarian Lagar Company," the report states. Hustinx said EU institutions should develop clear policies that state what kind of data can be released and clarified that data protection does not mean withholding information. While data protection must be respected, that shouldn't be "used as a pretext for not being transparent," he said.
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