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]