Summary of the data protection framework — October 2013

Further to the vote that was conducted earlier this week in the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee, concerning the revision of the data protection framework in Europe, DLA Piper is pleased to be able to send you some headline analysis of the vote and the next steps that will be taken.

Following on from increased EU and external lobbying activities that have taken place at European Parliament level, many MEPs determined that they would vote with the proposed compromise amendments that had been tabled in conjunction with the rapporteur Jan Albrecht MEP. Observers have commented that these compromise amendments are quite far from some of the original, more ‘business-friendly’ amendments, which had been tabled in the other various EU legislative committees — one theory behind this is the influence of the NSA scandal on the positioning of certain MEPs, who perhaps felt it necessary for the sake of consumers and their electorate to take a firmer stance on data protection policy.

The vote saw a block approval of the majority of pre-tabled compromise amendments and a majority position approving the remainder of compromise positions…

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