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EDPS: Merger of IDs Brings Privacy Risks

PERSONAL PRIVACY—EU

February 17, 2012

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) released an opinion on a European Commission (EC) proposal to merge professional drivers' driving licenses with their driver card, saying that it would have a "significant impact" on data protection rights. In the EDPS press release, Assistant EDPS Giovanni Buttarelli says, "We seriously doubt about the necessity and the proportionality of such a measure, which has yet to be demonstrated. A consistent approach is needed from the legislature to ensure that the development of any measures concerning drivers' data is done in full respect of data protection principles." The release also emphasizes the need for a privacy impact assessment before the merger takes place. Editor's note: EDPS Peter Hustinx will discuss the evolution of the new EU regulations in Conversations in Privacy at next month's IAPP Global Privacy Summit.
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