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Smith: Proposal Over-Legislates, Won’t See Agreement Until 2014

PRIVACY LAW—EU & UK

April 25, 2013

Deputy Information Commissioner David Smith told InfoSec conference attendees this week that he expects a clear picture of the impending EU data protection legislation in early 2014, Computer Weekly reports, adding, he believes there will be some change to the current proposal but nothing significant. In Smith’s opinion, the European Commission’s proposal over-legislates and takes a “tick box” approach, making it unworkable for the UK. "The problem is because we're going for harmonization, all those measures are spelled out in detail, listing all the types of documentation you can keep…We're more bothered about assessing the risk and the outcomes than box-ticking; it's about privacy—it's not about having the right paperwork."
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