European Data Protection Digest

Details on EC's Issues with Data Protection Act Revealed

PRIVACY LAW—UK & EU

February 25, 2011

Details about the European Commission's objections to the UK Data Protection Act have been revealed in a document published recently, The Register reports. The EC has taken infringement proceedings against the UK for what it says is the government's failure to appropriately implement several articles of the EU Data Protection Directive. The document indicates  the EC believes that the UK DPA flies in the face of Article 12, for example. "The Data Protection Act...appears to confer upon the courts a discretion to grant or refuse applications made by data subjects" who want to check the accuracy of their data, the document states. It also indicates that the EC questions whether the UK Information Commissioner's Office has enough power.
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