In a move that has attracted surprise and some criticism, the European Commission is reported to have set up an advisory panel that includes Peter Fleischer (Google global privacy counsel) and David Hoffman (group counsel for eBusiness and privacy, Intel) to help it revise European Union laws on data protection. According to European Commission spokesman Michele Cercone,
“The aim of the group is to identify issues and challenges raised by new technologies. We are not reviewing the main data protection laws at present, but this could be a first step”.
He added that the executives in question were chosen in their private capacity, rather than as representatives of their companies. The premise that underlies their invitation is that the EU’s data protection laws are very “nineties” and are of decreasing relevance and applicability to the technologies of the 21st century.
Source: PC World