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Data Protection Revision Delayed

An interesting report from the French data protection authority (CNIL) that the European Commissioner has announced a delay in the proposed revision of the European Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. Rather than publishing a draft Directive later this year, it seems that the plan is now to publish a report this autumn with the draft expected in November next year. Having attended a consultation meeting on the revision last month, this seems to me a much more realistic timetable. The discussion at that meeting definitely indicated that the fifteen year old Directive needed quite a lot of work to reflect the realities of the globalised and networked world.

[UPDATE: The Commission has confirmed the revised timetable, and indicated that this will allow the incorporation of justice and home affairs issues (formerly a separate area of EU law) into the revised Directive]

By Andrew Cormack

I'm Chief Regulatory Advisor at Jisc, responsible for keeping an eye out for places where our ideas, services and products might raise regulatory issues. My aim is to fix either the product or service, or the regulation, before there's a painful bump!

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