The European Parliament votes to strengthen draft European data protection proposals

The European Parliamentary Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has voted on a series of proposed amendments to the draft EC data protection regulation, which would, in a number of contentious areas, further tighten already controversial provisions.

The European Commission published its draft data protection package nearly two years ago in January 2012. Since then, progress has been slow and lobbying intense. The UK has voiced concern that many of the proposals will hamper rather than help businesses and are difficult if not impossible to implement.

The European Parliamentary Committee overseeing the progress of the legislation, the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has voted to back the commission’s proposals and has adopted a revised text of proposed amendments to the draft EC data protection regulation. Perhaps in response to the recent revelations about the activities of the National Security Agency (NSA), the amendments tighten many of the already contentious provisions such as the right to be forgotten, the levels of fines for non-compliance and restrictions around the export of personal data outside the EC. There is, however, some comfort to be found in the watering down of breach reporting obligations with the 24-hour notice period for reporting changed to 72 hours…

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