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Reding Urges MEPs To Back Reforms

PRIVACY LAW—EU

March 29, 2012

Speaking at an EU Parliament "Privacy Platform" event yesterday, EU Commission Vice President Viviane Reding urged Members of the European Parliament to adopt the proposed reforms to the EU data protection framework, EUobserver reports. Reding added that citizens "can't wait two years for adoption" and the reforms would "improve certainty, reduce fragmentation and increase trust." European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx said the reforms are "a huge step forward for data regulation," making data controllers "more responsible and accountable." Hustinx, along with Article 29 Working Party Vice Chairman Christopher Graham, did say the reforms do not leave "enough discretion for national authorities." According to the European Voice, Reding said the biggest obstacle for the reform's approval would be opposition from EU interior ministers, adding, "We need to do a lot of work with ministers of the interior."
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