Thursday, September 20, 2007

Privacy watchdog sounds alarm on police data protection

Peter HustinxEuropean Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx has warned that the EU is trying to water down the protection of personal data in the law enforcement sphere:

"When the [Data Protection Framework Decision] was first proposed, it was supposed to cover all aspects of policing and the judiciary. The recent agreement by the Council severely limits the scope of the text, and therefore also limits the level of protection the European citizen can expect from the resulting agreement. As I have stated in previous Opinions, the DPFD cannot lessen the level of protection offered, otherwise this will make it more difficult for police services to meet their international obligations."

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