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Article 29 WP Releases Opinion on EC Proposals

DATA PROTECTION—EU

March 29, 2012

The Article 29 Working Party (WP) has adopted a "general positive stance" in its opinion on the European Commission's (EC) data protection reform proposals; however, it says in a WP press release that parts "need clarification and improvement." The release lauds the EC's initiatives that "seek to reinforce the position of data subjects, to enhance the responsibility of controllers and to strengthen the position of supervisory authorities, both nationally and internationally." Conversely, the WP calls out the "strong role" of the EC and the lack of "ambition" in provisions directed towards the retention, transparency and accuracy of information held by authorities as concerns.
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