Thursday, 1 July 2010

EU Data Protection Directive reform - Commission paper, meeting

As part of its review of the Data Protection Directive, the European Commission held a meeting ("targeted consultation") today with key non-public sector stakeholders.

The Commission's Stakeholders' Consultations “Future of data protection” Background paper, prepared for the meeting, outlines the Commission's current thinking and questions for discussion  (e.g. should data minimisation be explicitly required in the legal framework?). A useful paper, particularly as draft proposals are due out from the Commission by the end of this year, which is only a few months away.

The meeting was streamed live publicly - I tweeted that link this morning - but was going on all day, so I didn't listen to the whole thing.

I'm not sure if any recording is going to be available after the event.

Admittedly it's not the Article 29 Working Party holding meetings or workshops in public (Google's Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer has taken issue with the "closed" nature of the Working Party's meetings, in the past), but still, this live streaming has to be good from a transparency and openness viewpoint generally.

See also the Article 29 Working Party's "Future of Privacy" paper and the European Data Protection Supervisor's views, on modernising and updating data protection law.

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