European Data Protection Digest

MEPs Strive for Balance in Data Protection Law

PRIVACY LAW—EU

June 1, 2012

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) attended a workshop held by the civil liberties committee on Tuesday to review EU data protection rules introduced in 1995. According to a Parliament press release, the discussions centered on striking a balance between "boosting business competitiveness and safeguarding consumers' privacy." Parliament rapporteur for the new data protection regulation Jan Philipp Albrecht said, "A set of coherent, harmonised data protection rules" will achieve both objectives. Parliament has begun work on the European Commission's proposed directive and regulation, which were tabled in January.
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