EU privacy watchdog weighs in on data protection reform, shares concerns
As European Union lawmakers in the Commission, Parliament and Council debate a new data protection law, the EU’s data protection watchdog has chimed in, expressing some concerns and saying individuals’ privacy rights should be at the core of the legislation.
Although he is perhaps best placed to offer an opinion on the matter, legislators have no obligation to listen to European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Giovanni Buttarelli, who released his own proposed draft of the law on Monday.
A lot is at stake, said Buttarelli. “This reform will shape data processing for a generation which has no memory of living without the internet. The EU must therefore fully understand the implications of this act for individuals, and its sustainability in the face of technological development.”