Data Protection reform:
- extracts from the press conference by Jan Philipp ALBRECHT (GREENS/EFA, DE), rapporteur and Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, EL), rapporteur
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 12/03/2014 First transmission: 12/03/2014
European Parliament adopted today a report presentation by Jan Philipp ALBRECHT (Greens/EFA, DE) and Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, EL) about data protection. The report is about set to insert stronger safeguards for data transfers to non-EU countries when the House votes on Wednesday on a major overhaul of the current EU data-protection laws. The new rules seek to give people control over their personal data while at the same time making it easier for companies to move data across Europe. Fines imposed on firms that break the rules will be increased. Link to backgrounds: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/top-stories/content/20130901TST18405/html/Data-protection
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Strasbourg.
||arrival to the press conference, Jan Philipp ALBRECHT (GREENS/EFA, DE) greets rapporteur Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, EL)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Philipp ALBRECHT (GREENS/EFA, DE): "This EP is convinced that we need this reform and that we need this regulation as soon as possible, so that we can start negotiations directly after the elections. I'm very happy that the Greek council Presidency has decided to achieve a mandate for negotiations in June this year, hopefully we'll meet that date, I think it would be irresponsible from the member states to postpone once more, because two and a half years negotiations should be enough to get a compromise done and every day we will wait longer it will be a day which goes on the back of the citizens and consumers in the EU and only in the pockets of big data businesses of the Silicon Valley, which since years try to await law enforcements when it comes to data protection in the EU".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, EL), rapporteur: "My appeal goes to the member states in the Council to abandon this "tactique" that some governments have shown in the past of slowing down the process, and take into consideration very seriously the interest and also the demands of the European citizen, of European society and really speed up with their work".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, EL), rapporteur: "I'm convince that the time has come when we have to start thinking about something like a 'world regime' on data protection; it's very ambitious and at a very early stage that kind of thoughts but I think we have to start thinking about this".