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EDPS Calls for Strengthened IMI Data Protection Framework

PRIVACY LAW—EU

November 23, 2011

In an opinion released on Tuesday, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) called for improved data protection standards for the Internal Markets Information System (IMI), eGovmonitor reports. Recognizing the need for flexibility "to cover administrative cooperation in different policy areas," the EDPS says the flexibility should also bring with it legal certainty. According to the report, the EDPS recommends that foreseeable IMI components should be clarified and new functionalities should undergo safeguards such as a privacy impact assessment or a consultation with the EDPS or national data protection authorities. An EDPS spokesman said, "The EDPS calls attention to two key challenges: the need to ensure consistency in the legal framework, while respecting diversity, and the need to balance flexibility and legal certainty."  
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