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Debates Around Proposed Regs Heat Up

PRIVACY LAW—EU

March 27, 2013

Stakeholders across the spectrum are voicing their opinions of the European Commission’s proposed data protection regulation. The Irish presidency recently published an update to the European Council of Ministers on its progress with the proposed framework, highlighting the presidency’s aim to instill a more risk-based approach, Hunton & Williams’ Privacy and Information Security Law Blog reports. In a press release, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding and Telefonica’s Ronan Dunne stressed the significance of the proposed reform, while UK Information Commissioner’s Office Deputy Information Commissioner David Smith has promoted a “proportionate” take on it. TechWeekEurope has also reported that an EU source has said that UK government lobbying efforts to minimize privacy protections in the proposed regulation will not succeed. Meanwhile, GlaxoSmithKline’s Mina Mehta cautioned the reforms do not take into account the implications placed on smaller businesses. Editor’s Note: Two representatives from the UK’s ICO will speak at the IAPP’s Data Protection Intensive in London, April 23-25, and Mehta will speak in the breakout session To Be, or Not To Be Personal Data.
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