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Reding on the Regulation: “All the Elements Are Falling Into Place”


March 11, 2013

In her Intervention in the Justice Council on March 8, European Commission (EC) Vice President Viviane Reding discussed progress on the draft EU data protection regulation, calling it “significant and extremely encouraging.” Highlighting the regulation’s timeline moving forward, Reding said, “All the elements are falling into place to make decisive political progress on this critical dossier under the Irish (EU) presidency.” Reding's speech also includes points on risk-based approach, "SMEs and cutting red tape," public-sector flexibility and pseudonymous data, to name a few. “I am happy to work on the notion of pseudonymous data, but I will be vigilant,” she said. “We need a robust definition and robust safeguards. Pseudonymous data must not become a Trojan horse at the heart of the regulation, allowing the non-application of its provisions.”
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