[European Union] Update on Proposed Data Protection Act Regulation

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

According to the EUObserver the following is occurring this week regarding the Data Privacy Regulation.  I was not able to find anything on the EU website regarding this week’s activities, other than on Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner’s, calendar: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/plenary/en/home.html#

Click on Tuesday March 11 15:00 - 23:00 Debates Personal data protection
           Protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data  [A7-0402/2013] http://tinyurl.com/mmh7mq8

           Processing of personal data for the purposes of crime prevention [A7-0403/2013] http://tinyurl.com/k6z9cyq
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Wednesday March 12 : Protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data.  The committee report may be accessed at: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&reference=A7-2013-0402&language=EN&mode=XML

To read the EUObserver article go to: http://euobserver.com/agenda/123403

Tuesday, March 11, the Members of the European Union Parliament (MEPs) are set to discuss data protection, the civil liberty committee’s inquiry into the National Security Agency’s (NSA) collection of data, and other issues.  The EU’s proposed Data Protection Regulation, which aims to overhaul the current patchwork of national legislation, will be voted on Wednesday, March 12. As reported previously on the IAJGS Records Access Alert there are several member countries-- United Kingdom, Denmark, Hungary and Slovenia- who prefer this to be a directive rather than a regulation and their actions have thus far stalled a vote. See the posting [in the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives] dated January 30, 2014 when Viviane Reding , Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner, said that the vote by the EU Parliament on the Proposed Data Privacy Regulation would not occur before the Parliamentary elections due this Spring.  The issue of “one stop shopping” is still a concern—this has also been previously reported on IAJGS Records Access Alert on December 7, 2013.

The ongoing debate within the EU on how to address with the US- National Security Agency (NSA) issue will also be discussed this week. The EU’s concern with the NSA activities does impact the Data Privacy Regulation deliberations.  The Civil Liberties Committee wants to suspend the EU-US Safe Harbor deal, which is designed to ensure that firms follow EU data protection laws when processing the personal data of EU citizens.  This resolution is set for a vote on Wednesday. MEPs are threatening to suspend data exchange deals with the US following the espionage disclosures by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

While it is assumed based on past information that the Data Protection Regulation will not be voted upon by the MEPs until after May EU Parliamentary elections –this news article says a discussion and vote will occur this week and the outcome is not yet known, therefore it is always possible that a vote could occur before the change in Parliament in May.

Once any information of the outcome of the meetings this week is known it will reported on the IAJGS Records Access Alert announcement list.

Past postings on  the European Union and the proposed data privacy regulation may be found in the Records Access Alert archives: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/  .  You must be a registered subscriber to access the archives. To register go to: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/listinfo/records-access-alerts   and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which JGS/JHS/SIG/JewishGen is your affiliation   You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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