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Negotiating the data protection regulation

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Posted: Sunday 25 Jan 2015

This January at the JHA council in Riga minsters negotiated with the European Parliament and Commission the final stages of the Data Protection Directive for police and criminal justice authorities.  I along with colleagues Jan Albrecht MEP and Marju Lauristin MEP who made a strong case on behalf of the European Parliament on the Data Protection Package to the JHA Council ministers. The negotiation focused on the scope of the draft General Data Protection Regulation and the draft Data Protection Directive. There is still a great deal of work to be done following this meeting and my two rapporteur colleagues will be reporting back to the European Parliament on the Council meeting.

Background
In January 2012, the Commission proposed to replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive with a General Data Protection Regulation and the 2008 Data Protection Framework Decision with a Directive providing for special rules applying to police and criminal justice authorities. The discussion on how to delimit the scope between the two instruments has mainly been taking place in the context of the draft Directive. Delegations have made it clear that as long as the scope of the draft Directive was not clear there could be no progress on the other Chapters. This debate has implications for the scope of the draft Regulation because what will be covered by the draft Directive will not be covered by the draft Regulation and vice versa.

Posted by: Admin on Sunday 25 Jan 2015

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