Tag Archives: EU Data Protection Regulation

EU Data Protection Reforms: ICO Critiques Council Draft Regulation Over Consent, Access Rights, EU v. Member State Balance of Power

With the EU Data Protection “reform train” rounding what is hopefully the final bend towards the summit of consensus, the UK ICO have published their latest analysis on the Council’s draft EU Data Protection Regulation. The analysis demonstrates the improvement needed in order to ensure that the new law provides effective protection to individuals while … Continue Reading

EU Commission Back-Pedals On Data Protection Reform

After many setbacks and delays in developments for EU data protection reform (see our previous blogs on the first European Parliament vote delay and subsequent vote pushback), October was an exciting month of progress. The Ministers in the Council agreed on a centralised, one-stop-shop mechanism for data protection, and the European Parliament voted in favour … Continue Reading

The UK Justice Committee critiques the European Union’s proposed Data Protection Framework

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. The UK Justice Committee has laid out its concerns in its opinion on the European Commission’s legislative proposals (the Proposal) for reform of the European Data Protection Framework. In forming its judgement, the Justice Committee heard evidence from: the Ministry of Justice, the Information Commissioner’s Office, the EU … Continue Reading

UK’s ICO Seeks Input on Use of Privacy Seals

The EU’s proposed EU Data Protection Framework encourages the use of privacy seals, certification mechanisms and trust marks. Any organisation which has obtained a privacy seal would be considered to have attained a ‘stamp of approval’, indicating good privacy standards. Anticipating the development of data protection kite marks, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office has launched … Continue Reading

Article 29 Working Party adopts a “general positive stance” in its Opinion on the new EU Data Privacy Regulation and Directive

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. In the Article 29 Working Party’s Opinion on the new EU data protection reforms, the Working Party has carefully studied both the Regulation and the Directive, and has given its first general reaction. The Working Party welcomed the provisions intended to clarify and strengthen the rights of individuals, including … Continue Reading

The Information Commissioner’s Office publishes its initial analysis of the European Commission’s legislative proposals for the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data.

The ICO has published its initial analysis of the European Commission’s reform of the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC (“the Directive”). The ICO published its review of the draft Data Protection Regulation and the Directive on data protection in law enforcement (“DP Framework”) on 25 January 2012, but was quick to stress that its review … Continue Reading

Sources claim the European Commission succumbed to pressure from US lobbying before Submitting the draft EU Data Protection Regulation to the European Parliament

Not only did the U.S. Department of Commerce submit an informal paper (as discussed in a previous post on this blog), but it has come to light that intense lobbying from the United States has influenced a “watering down” of the draft EU Data Protection Regulation. Even within the EU, certain provisions of the draft … Continue Reading