European Data Protection Digest

Experts: Proposed Laws May Bring Trouble

PRIVACY LAW—EU & UK

June 1, 2012

According to some in the industry, the European Commission's (EC) proposed changes to the Data Protection Directive may bring problems for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). Stewart Room of Field Fisher Waterhouse questions the feasibility and usefulness of the proposed 24-hour breach notification provision, noting that it would mean the ICO--which is "already swamped with disclosures"--will see even more. Meanwhile, PC Pro reports that Peter Fleischer, Google's chief privacy counsel, writes in his blog about the effect the law will have on SMEs, stating, "Frankly, I wonder how an SME could possibly deal with this paperwork and process torrent and how they're supposed to pay for it."
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