European Data Protection Digest

Ministers Raise Concerns About Data Protection

PRIVACY LAW—UK & EU

May 27, 2011

UK Justice Secretary Ken Clarke and former Culture Secretary Lord Smith are raising separate concerns about privacy laws. The Independent reports Clarke fears that the EU could "sacrifice individual freedoms in the battle to boost security" when it comes to plans for a new EU-U.S. deal on passenger name record information and protecting data in such information repositories as DNA databases. "The challenge," he says, is having a system of rules "subtle and grounded enough to protect those three crucial rights: privacy, safety and freedom." Smith, meanwhile, is quoted as saying privacy law has gone "seriously wrong" in terms of freedom of expression.
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