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Processing and protection of personal data

On Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 October 2012, an interparliamentary committee meeting took place in the European Parliament in Brussels on the revision of European legislation on the protection of personal data. The Senate was represented by Senator Ter Horst (Pedal), a member of the permanent committee for Immigration & Asylum/JBZ Council. Member Westhuizen (SP) took part on behalf of the permanent parliamentary committee for Security and Justice of the House of Representatives. 

The conference took the form of a joint meeting of representatives of national parliaments from 19 Member States and the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). Social actors also took part in the conference. During eight session, spread over two day, the different aspect of the new data protection right to be forgotten in general and the new directive on data protection when use by police and judicial authority were discuss. The European Commission, also represented at this meeting, published the proposals for these new regulations on 25 January this year.

Opening by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

The morning session will be open by the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz. It opens by stating that the subject of the conference is one of the European Parliament’s most important dossiers for the current term until 2014. He recalls the time when data protection was only interest in techies and state that it now affect everyone: from social media to online. banking, from taking out insurance and buying airline ticket to grocery shopping. Schulz was a member of the committee under consideration in 1995, when the current Personal Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) was draft.

  • •data protection is a fundamental right (of which the European Union can be proud, says Schulz);
  • •the independence of national supervisors;
  • •the delegate power are not only technical in nature. The European Parliament will monitor this closely, even if this result in it being perceive as a nuisance;
  • •citizens’ confidence in the protection of personal data is very low;
  • •protecting children from the excesses of free internet. Due to low risk awareness, education in this area is important and
  • •handling of data by law enforcement agencies.

Schulz jokes that the pillar of the European Union still seem to exist outside the wall of the European Parliament, although they were formal abolish with the Treaty of Lisbon. He recalls the case of Schengen legislation where the EP, by blocking the handling of a number of files, has shown that it no longer accepts the intergovernmental way of acting by the ministers from the Member States. 

This would also be a possibility in this area, because the two rapporteurs have the entire European Parliament behind them when it comes to the ambition to achieve a high level of protection. According to Schulz, the goal is to achieve a strong data protection framework for the internal market. People will only use the internal market if there is confidence in the digital economy and they can rely on governments to protect their rights Also read: right to be forgotten gdpr

Digital Economy

Finally, Schulz stresses the importance of cooperation between the European Parliament and national parliaments so that the work at both levels can be complementary. People will only use the internal market if there is confidence in the digital economy and they can rely on governments to protect their rights. Finally, Schulz stresses the importance of cooperation between the European Parliament and national parliaments so that the work at both levels can be complementary. 

People will only use the internal market if there is confidence in the digital economy. And they can rely on governments to protect their rights. Finally, Schulz stresses the importance of cooperation between the European Parliament and national parliaments. So that the work at both levels can be complementary.

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European Parliament

The first session will be chair by MEP Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D). Who is also chairman of the LIBE committee. He opens the session with the short comment that today many companies put data. Processing at the heart of their business midland that data processing and data exchange. Are increasingly important for investigative institutions. 

He states that the European Parliament support the objective of the new proposal. And give an insight into the planning of the examination the draft report. Are expect to be present in December 2012 in the LIBE committee and an orientation vote. After which the rapporteur can negotiate with the Council, is expect in the spring of 2013. López Aguilar conclude by saying that the contribution of national parliament. Will be include in the discussion in the European Parliament.

Personal Data

The first speaker of the first session is Iona’s Nikolaou, Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Cypriot Parliament. He also emphasizes the importance of the revision of the legislation. In response to the enormous difference between the early 1990s and now. Nikolaou mentions the major commercial interests in data processing and emphasizes. The importance of strengthening trust in the protection of personal data. 

The differences between Member States cause a lack of this and the legislative framework. Has to strike a balance between the right to protection. Of personal data on the one hand and the internal market on the other. Furthermore, Nikolaou argues that administrative burden should be reduce, especially for small and medium-size enterprise (SMEs). In his speech he lists many aspects of the revised proposals, as an introduction to the further discussion. In particular, he mentions the importance of protecting children. And the exchange of information with third countries on the basis of bilateral agreements. 

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