European Data Protection Digest

Critics: Draft's Exemptions for Police Are Troublesome

PRIVACY LAW—EU

April 27, 2012

EUobserver reports on critics of the European Commission's draft regulation on data protection when it comes to police privileges. Under the proposal, law enforcement agents conducting investigations would be exempt from changes to the law that would strengthen data protection on commercial matters, and that is raising concerns about police justice. The proposal also allows for exceptions to be made when it comes to access to sensitive data for the sake of the public interest. "The data protection directive is a step in the right direction, but there are many, many loopholes and broad exemptions," said a spokesperson for NGO Panoptykon Foundation, a Polish-based digital rights organisation. Meanwhile, police say the proposal would require the hiring of specialist data protection officers, costing millions of pounds.
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