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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.



The UK Justice Secretary Chris Grayling  has given the closest indication yet  that the EU  reform of data protection law, known as the Data Protection Regulation, is in political difficulty. Speaking on the BBC Radio Today Programme,  Mr Grayling revealed certain aspects of the British position and  hinted that a difference between the UK and Germany is at the root of a divide in the Council.

Read more: EU data privacy reform “in the mire” says UK Minister

In the super-politics of the EU,  how will the  Council of Ministers play its cards on the Data Protection Regulation?

Fissures within the Council of Ministers could pose a threat to the review of Europe’s privacy law, according to some Brussels insiders. From what can be ascertained, the Council is not happy with a number of the provisions in the  Data Protection Regulation, currently in  its first reading in the European Parliament. The Council  is even split over the

Read more: EU data privacy reform – does the Council have the political will?

 It’s becoming clear that the fate of the  EU’s privacy law reform, namely the Data Protection Regulation, could be decided by institutional deal-making in Brussels. The Civil Liberties (LIBE) committee in the European Parliament is to  be formally asked for permission to enter into negotiations with the Council  - also known as trilogues. If the trilogues go ahead – still an ‘if ’ - it means that the three EU institutions will

Read more: Closed-door trilogues are on the data privacy agenda


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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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