Parliament To Vote on Proposed Regulation, Lobbying Intensifies
DATA PROTECTION—EUFebruary 21, 2013
Members of European Parliament’s industry committee will vote on the European Commission’s proposed data protection regulation. Parliament must endorse the proposal for it to move forward. MEPs have thus far tabled more than 900 amendments to the original proposal, the Irish Times reports. “The proposals by and large are well-balanced,” said Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly. “We won’t be changing the fundamentals. We don’t see any contradiction between protecting the fundamental rights of the individual and allowing businesses to develop.” He added administrative burdens on small businesses must be reduced. Meanwhile, a spokesman for European Digital Rights says the lobbying campaign launched by global corporations, industry groups and privacy campaigners is bigger than Brussels or the U.S. have ever seen.