The European Commission wishes to update the law on personal data across the European Union, including the UK. In January last year, it published a draft Regulation which, if passed, would take effect in all member states.
Richard Lindsay, IPA Legal Director, said: “Whilst it is understandable that the law should be updated to take account of advances in digital technology, the draft Regulation, as proposed, is far more draconian than the current law. It does not strike a balance between the rights of individuals to be protected on the one hand, and of businesses to interact with consumers on the other. The proposals, as they stand, could seriously undermine businesses across Europe. EU Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, is keen that the Regulation should become law and, whilst UK organisations are doing what they can, the success of diluting the proposals seems likely to depend on the activities of other member states.”
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