European Data Protection Digest

EU Warns UK Over Data-Sharing Agreement

PRIVACY LAW—EU & UK

January 10, 2013

The European Commission (EC) has criticized the UK for its failure to implement a data-sharing agreement it signed in 2008 requiring police to share DNA profiles, driver records and fingerprints with other EU nations that signed the treaty. The Telegraph reports that UK ministers signed the agreement but, due to civil liberties concerns, have yet to enact it. A report released by the EC last month warned that as of December of next year it will be able to use “infringement proceedings” that could lead to a fine of at least 9.2 million euros, the report states. The same report acknowledged the treaty’s flaws.
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