European Data Protection Digest

Proposed Regulation Discussions Continue

PRIVACY LAW—EU

November 15, 2012

The UK remains opposed to a single data protection regime across member states and is joined in its resistance by Denmark, Slovenia, Belgium, Hungary and Sweden, Out-Law.com has reported. The countries plan to back a new data protection directive, while Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Greece and Ireland have indicated support for a new regulation instead. Meanwhile, speaking at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress, European Commission Director General for Justice Francoise Le Bail noted, “We need a regulation that is flexible enough to be applied to technological advances that we may have no notion of right now.” Article 29 Working Party Chair Jacob Kohnstamm said while there is “always room for improvement,” the regulation’s applicability across member states is “a big step forward.”
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