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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.



Europe’s controversial new data protection rules could be decided in closed-door back-room talks if a mandate is approved by the Parliament’s Civil Liberties committee next week. It has now been officially confirmed, as predicted before the summer break by Iptegrity,  that the rapporteur, Jan Philipp Albrecht, is to put the option to his committee. A vote will be taken next Monday 21 October.

Read more: Secret talks on privacy law: EU Parliament to decide next week

Tomorrow the European Parliament will be presented with a no compromise set of recommendations on the PRISM / NSA surveillance scandal. In an unusually outspoken report, the Parliament will be told that the only solution will be to target changes in the United States legal code. In other words, Europe must lobby the US for legal amendments that will protect EU citizens rights when data is held across the Atlantic.

Read more: Demand change to US privacy law, EU Parliament told

On the back of PRISM and the US surveillance scandal, the Germans are  pushing hard  to get the toughest possible outcome in the new EU data privacy rules that are currently making their way through the European Parliament. But that positioning puts them directly in conflict with the Brits, who  take a more pro-industry stance  and really don’t want the new law at all – at least, not in its current format.

Read more: Germany v Britain tussle over new EU data privacy rules



States v the 'Net? 

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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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