European Data Protection Digest

EDPS Calls For Safeguards In Open Data Package

PRIVACY LAW—EU

April 20, 2012

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Peter Hustinx has called for clearer parameters on how and when public-sector bodies make personal data available for re-use in his opinion on the European Commission's Open Data Package. The opinion, adopted Wednesday, calls for safeguards whenever personal data is involved, according to an EDPS press release. Hustinx said the commission's proposal, adopted in December 2011 and aiming to facilitate, harmonise and remove barriers to the reuse of public-sector information throughout the EU, should require data protection assessments before data releases; a license for use that includes a data protection clause, and that applicants demonstrate compliance with data protection laws. Personal data should also be fully or partially anonymised where appropriate, Hustinx said.
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