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European Data Protection Reform: Peter Schaar welcomes Proposal for Amendment by the European Parliament

Bonn/Berlin, 9 January 2013

According to the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Peter Schaar, the report on the European General Data Protection Regulation submitted by the rapporteur of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament, Jan Philipp Albrecht, has to be seen as an important signal for a Europe-wide high level of data protection.

Peter Schaar: The proposed amendments would clearly improve the European Commission’s draft on the reform of European data protection law. The combination of personal data from different sources (profiling) shall be further restricted and the data subjects’ rights shall be strengthened. The data subjects’ right of objection shall be applied without any premises and thus independently of special personal reasons. I am also positive about the independent status of data protection authorities when coordinated action against privacy breaches shall be improved.

The European Parliament hopefully will approve the proposals and I advise the Federal Government to actively advance the absolutely necessary improvements of European data protection law in Council.

The rapporteur’s proposals for amendment prepare the LIBE Committee’s opinion, which regularly serves as a basis for decision-making in the plenary of the European Parliament. The data protection reform requires the consent of the European Parliament and of the Council of Governments of the EU Member States.

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