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Data Protection and Privacy

The protection of personal data and privacy is an increasingly hot  political issue concerning  the European Union. This section will report on the controversies entailed in the processing of the  Regulation on Protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation). The rapporteur was German Green lawyer, MEP Jan Albrecht. He had a tough time and ultimately produced a compromise that was not entirely satisfactory for either industry of citizen advocates.

If you are interested in data protection policy and the genesis of the GDPR,   you may like my book The Closing of the Net which discusses how the policy was influenced by State and non-State actors.



It’s looking less and less likely that the new EU data privacy rules will be adopted before the 2014 Euro-elections,  as the Council of Ministers  has effectively blocked the process. Trilogues – tripartite talks between the three major EU institutions – had been proposed to start  in January, with the aim of getting an agreement in place by March. But now Iptegrity has obtained  confirmation that those plans have been stalled  and it is unclear if and when they will be re-started.

Read more: Data privacy trilogues stalled by filibustering EU Council

In Germany, public anger over the interception of Chancellor Merkel’s mobile phone by NSA intelligence services  - known as Handygate - is indicative of the high level of feeling against the United States on the issue of data privacy.  And now it has emerged  that German MEPs are hatching a retaliatory plan that  would impose a legal barrier to US  firms who want to export European citizens' data to the US for processing. 

Read more: EU privacy rules – terminate ‘safe harbor’ says German MEP

European Parliament data proection rapporteur Jan Albrecht was  photographed last week in a drinking duet with Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding. Can he make it a trio with the Council? That is the key question for  today’s vote in the Civil Liberties Committee.

***Update: 19.11 21 October - the Libe committee have just approved the Albrecht report with all compromises, and the Council (trilogue) mandate   - 51+ 1-  The Droutsas report on data protection and law enforcement was also adopted with a smallermajority 29+ 20-****

 Jan Albrecht is clearly under pressure, as evidenced by a statement he has placed on a Green Party website regarding the possibility of trilogues, which he is recommending to his committee. It’s also

Read more: EU privacy under pressure: how positive are the compromises?


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Copyright Enforcement Enigma launch, March 2012

In 2012, I presented my PhD research in the European Parliament.

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