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EDPS Releases Compliance Benchmarks

DATA PROTECTION—EU

January 31, 2012

In response to a survey revealing shortcomings in data protection compliance, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Peter Hustinx has established "benchmarks" to help EU bodies meet compliance standards, Out-Law.com reports. Hustinx said he is "concerned that not all EU institutions and bodies are performing as well as they should...Implementation of data protection principles is not only a matter of time and resources but also of organizational will." The strictness of the "benchmarks" varies according to the institution, the report states. While all organizations must appoint a data protection officer (DPO), bodies created in the past year must submit to the EDPS the DPOs' "implementing rules." More established institutions, such as the European Commission, will be given much stricter requirements.
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