EU Council Reviews Comprehensive Data Protection

By: Absolute Team | 3/18/2011

The Council of the European Union has put together their conclusions [PDF] on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council outlining a comprehensive approach on personal data protection in the European Union.

The 6 pages of conclusions basically agree that the body of EU legislation regarding personal data protection, while still valid, should be evaluated and updated in light of emerging business and technological developments.

The Council recognizes that emerging legislation would require co-operation between police and judicial bodies across EU Member States. Currently, there is a lack of "proper harmonisation" that restricts the free movement of data and that elements of the 1995 Data Protection Directive are implemented differently across Member States.

The Council concludes that the revision of the data protection legal framework offers the opportunity to improve the rules on data protection, so it will be interesting to see what - and when - changes emerge from this.

Hat tip to Hunton Privacy Blog

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