Category Archives: European Parliament

The latest responses by the UK government and the ICO to the EU reform proposals will (mostly) resonate with businesses concerned about some of the more far-reaching changes. The latest developments and time line Datonomy has been taking stock of two recent UK developments: the Government's response to the Justice Select Committee's opinion on the European Data Protection framework proposals published by the MOJ on 11 January, and the "latest views from the ICO" 2 –pager  on 22 January. Datonomy readers are no doubt au fait with the intricacies of the EU legislative process, but may nonetheless enjoy the blog post by Deputy Commissioner David Smith with its helpful insight into the current state of play and user friendly time line. Despite the strength of the European Parliament's support for the Commission's proposals, it still has a way to go, procedurally speaking. And not everyone shares the EP's wholehearted support for every aspect … Continue Reading ››
You may have noticed that the European Parliament made a press release last week in relation to its new 2015.eu digital strategy. 2015.eu sets out the vision for internet policy for the next five years and after. This has been passed as a resolution and has been referred to the European Commission.

Among other lofty goals such as the right of every EU household to have access to broadband at a competitive price by 2013, the EP advocates a digital rights charter. The EP says that this charter should "consolidate the Community acquis including, in particular, users' rights relating to the protection of privacy, vulnerable users and digital content ...".

The resolution says that a "clear legal framework laying down the rights and duties of citizens is essential. Preserving 'a fair balance between the right-holders’ rights and the general public’s access to content … Continue Reading ››
The European Parliament has adopted a report criticising the Council of Ministers for concluding an agreement with Australia on the processing and transfer of passenger name records (PNR) without consulting or even informing the European Parliament. MEPs are concerned about the consequences of the agreement for EU citizens' right to data protection.

The report was adopted with 610 votes in favour, 29 against and 47 abstentions. The House says the procedure followed for the conclusion of the agreement lacked democratic legitimacy, as at no stage was there any meaningful democratic scrutiny or parliamentary approval. Despite repeated requests, Parliament was neither informed nor consulted.