State of play of negotiations on the data protection reform :
- extracts from the report by Jan Philipp ALBRECHT (GREENS/EFA, DE) and Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, EL)
EP Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 09/07/2013 First transmission: 09/07/2013
The two reports on Data Protection package that are handled in the LIBE Committee were presented to the MEPs. The first one discussed was a proposal on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data by rapporteur Jan Philipp ALBRECHT (GREENS/EFA, DE). The second discussed report was a directive on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by competent authorities for the purposes of prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties, and the free movement of such data by rapporteur Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, EL). Current EU legislation was drafted back in 1995 and needs updating to keep pace with technological change. The European Commission proposed in 2012 a new regulation on a single set of rules for all data collected online to ensure it is kept safe and also to provide businesses with a clear framework for processing them. The European Parliament is now working on the proposed regulation as well as on a directive on data processing in law enforcement.
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||SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Philipp ALBRECHT (Greens/EFA, DE), Rapporteur: "My impression, having a look at the compromises with which we are dealing with, and also with the very good work which the Irish Presidency has done until now, is that we are not so far away, we are approaching with more or less the same general approach, we want to harmonize the rules on the basis of the regulation from '95. It is clear that we have to deal with some challenges due to the digitalisation and the massive use of personal data today."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, GR), Rapporteur: "We are in a new momentum now. I dare to speak about a post PRISM-era regarding data protection here in Europe, it was a real wake up call for everybody. Public opinions are much more sensitive on the issue of data protection, I think we as Parliament are obliged to take those sensitivities really seriously into account in our works. That means that we have to speed up with our works."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Baroness Sarah LUDFORD (ALDE, UK): "I am not absolutely sure that we can get consensus because consensus may mean the lowest common denominator instead of highest common denominator. I think there are some areas where that it will not necessarily produce the best results in a rigorous text, one that our citizens and our businesses can have confidence in we're required great armies of lawyers being the main beneficiaries of the text that we write."
||SOUNDBITE (German) Josef WEIDENHOLZER (S&D, AT): "When we look at the question of PRISM, Europeans are expecting us to do a good job and expecting us to work properly. We have to make sure this legislative text demonstrates the work that we are putting in and we need to make sure that the Commission's original proposal, Article 42, is clarified and resolved properly."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Wim van de CAMP (EPP, NL): "I have a slight feeling of impatience. When are we coming with the results? Now it is said that we will have a vote in the committee in October. Is that a guarantee, Jan Philipp, that we can have that moment? Because we, as members of Internal Market Committee, we want to go on with this European Internal Market. We really need full approach."
||Cutaway shots with members of the audience (4 shots)