Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Updating European privacy law

Interesting new communication from the European Data Protection Supervisor on the Commission's review of the European privacy framework. Looking ahead, Mr Hustinx thinks the following issues need attention:

  • "Interaction with technology, where specific Article 29 Working Party guidance may need to be complemented by sector specific laws, for instance on RFID technology. Issues linked to interoperability, wider use of biometric data, etc. will also need to be addressed.

  • "Global privacy and jurisdiction, an area where the EDPS has urged the Commission to invest, notably in finding practical solutions that reconcile the need for protection of Europeans in a networked society with personal data processed also outside of the EU.

  • "The increasing interest from authorities combating crime and terrorism for personal data originally processed for commercial purposes."

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