Audio: Alexander Alvaro on EU privacy standards and proposals

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Alexander Alvaro, a German member of the European Parliament and elected as that body's vice president in January, as well as governor of the European Internet Foundation ("political leadership for network society"), spoke Dec. 4  on European privacy issues during an event of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C. Click on the media player to listen to his remarks and answers to questions (approx. 53 minutes).

Alvaro spoke – and was questioned – particularly about an European Commission-draft data protection directive. The final proposal will likely be available in English in mid-January with proposed amendments accepted until the end of February. In April, the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs parliament committee will vote in the amendments, with a first reading before a plenary of the European Parliament set for June or July, Alvaro said.

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