European Data Protection Digest

EU Council Committee Approves Open Data Plan

BIG DATA—EU

April 11, 2013

The Telegraph repors that in an effort to inject money into the Eurozone, the European Council’s so-called “Coreper” committee has backed the European Commission’s open data initiative plan, which would provide geographical and statistical data across Europe. Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes says “opening up public data means opening up business opportunities, creating jobs and building communities.” However, Big Brother Watch warns that making such data widely available raises privacy concerns including the threat of re-identification.
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