Monday, April 30, 2007

EU fails for third time on privacy

The European Union's attitude to data protection in the law enforcement field would be laughable were it not so important:

Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), has issued an opinion on a new proposal for a framework decision on data protection in the third pillar. While thankful for the efforts from the German presidency to progress on the dossier which requires unanimous support to be adopted, the EDPS expresses grave concern about a dilution towards the lowest common denominator. As many aspects of the current proposal fail to give appropriate protection as required by the EU Treaty, the EDPS strongly advises Council not to adopt the current text. Some aspects even fall below the standard of Council of Europe Convention 108 which provides some basic principles of data protection since 1981.

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