EU data protection reform ‘badly broken,’ civil liberty groups warn
Leaked documents show that the European Union’s data protection is on its way to become an empty shell devoid of meaning, European civil rights groups warned Tuesday.
The EU is busy overhauling its data protection rules, which date back to 1995. The European Commission and the European Parliament have already agreed on a draft regulation that seeks to modernize data protection rules to take new digital technologies into account.
However, there is one more legislative body that has to sign off on the new rules: the Council of the EU, which consists of national ministers of EU member states.
Since the Parliament approved the draft with minor changes in March last year, the Council has been busy changing the text. Ministers are expected to agree on how they want to reshape the text by Summer.