With so many UK developments to report on recently, Datonomy has only just caught up with this important announcement from the European Commission about the wider picture – namely the long-awaited reform of Directive 95/46/ EC. It forms part of a recent speech by Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission on "Next Steps for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship in the EU".
Datonomy readers may remember the Commissioner's previous announcement back in January which we reported here.
That was somewhat light on detail as to the proposed content and timetable for the revised Directive. The Commissioner's latest speech does not go a great deal further on the specifics, but here is the key extract (with points of particular interest highlighted):
"On privacy and data protection I have initiated the process leading up to the reform and modernisation … Continue Reading ››
On Friday 18 December, a new piece of EU legislation affecting data protection was published on the Official Journal website: it's the neatly-named Directive 2009/136/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 amending Directive 2002/22/EC on universal service and users’ rights relating to electronic communications networks and services, Directive 2002/58/EC concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector and Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004 on cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws. It's not an easy read: its 26 pages contain nearly 11 pages of recitals (76 of them in all) and four pages of annexes. To give you a flavour of its relevance to data protection issues, Datonomy quotes from the following recitals:
"(51) Directive 2002/58/EC (Directive on privacy … Continue Reading ››