European Data Protection Digest

Group Accuses Commission of Allowing Too Much Corporate Input

PRIVACY LAW—EU

November 7, 2013

A report generated by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (Alter-EU) has released a report examining the makeup of the Experts Groups established this year by the European Commission to provide input on policies and legislation. According to a PC World article, the report found that 52 percent of the “experts” came from “big business,” while just three percent came from “small businesses” and three percent from trade unions. “One of the extreme cases, according to Alter-EU,” writes Jennifer Baker, “is the Expert Group on data retention set up by the Home Affairs Department.” It has, claims Alter-EU, “no civil society representatives.”
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