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Parliamentary Committee Hears Evidence on Proposed Framework

PRIVACY LAW—EU & UK

September 5, 2012

The UK Parliament’s Justice Select Committee has held its first evidence session on the EU’s proposed data protection framework, reports Field Fisher Waterhouse’s Victoria Hordern. The Association of Chief Police Officers, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Information Commissioner’s Office were among those who provided their opinions. While many said the regulation brings welcome changes, “the overwhelming response was to criticize the overly-engineered text” of both the regulation and the Data Protection Directive, the report states, and a key “tension in the regulation exists between the drive toward harmonization and the consequent prescriptive practices and procedures that the commission’s version of harmonization requires.”
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