European Parliament committee set to vote for data sharing restrictions
A European Parliament committee is set to vote Monday on a data protection measure that will include restrictions on the transfer of individuals' data for law enforcement or intelligence purposes outside of the European Union.
The European Union has had under consideration for two years now a General Data Protection Regulation to update privacy regulations not updated since the mid-1990s; the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee says (.pdf) it will vote on a draft that includes language regarding the transfer of Europeans' data to countries deleted from earlier drafts "after intensive lobbying of the American government."
The draft essentially restores the deleted Article 42 from a 2011 version of the regulation leaked (.pdf) to press, a European Parliament official said, speaking on condition of background. It would require official data transfers to occur only within the confines of a national mutual legal aid agreement, the official added, also stating that recent revelations of National Security Agency Internet surveillance fed into bill rapporteur German Green Party member of parliament Jan Philipp Albrecht's thinking. Fines against companies that transfer data outside of legal channels could reach up to 5 percent of global revenue, reports The Guardian.
The official said the draft will not modify the U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor Framework that's a mechanism for American companies to satisfy existing European Union data protection regulations by adherence to a set of practices such as notice, opt-out and access. The framework has come under criticism by some members of the European Parliament; the European Commission is expected to deliver a report on its adequacy in December.
Included in the draft will be a "right to deletion, data access, and correction" a committee summary document stays.
"Whoever wants to request the deletion of his or her personal data on the internet, should have this 'right to deletion' vis-a-vis firms like Google, Facebook etc., they also have to communicate the deletion request to third parties to whom they had send," the document states.
- go to the General Data Protection Regulation webpage of Jan Philipp Albrecht's official website
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