Data protection reform package:
Première transmission: 12/03/2014
Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
Fin de production: 12/03/2014
statements following the vote by
- Jan Philipp ALBRECHT (Greens-EFA, DE) Rapporteur
- Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, GR) Rapporteur
- Juan Fernando LOPEZ AGUILAR (S&D, ES) LIBE Chair
- Axel VOSS (EPP, DE) Shadow Rapporteur
- Sophie In'T VELD (ALDE, NL) Shadow Rapporteur
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France (1 shot)
||Cutaway - introduction of Mr Albrecht.
||SOUNDBITE (German), Jan Philipp ALBRECHT (Greens-EFA, DE) Rapporteur: "The European data protection directive will become reality, but when this will depend on the Council, which has to deliver now and we hope that we can launch negotiations, because the citizens do need a data rights protection against companies such as Facebook and Google, which had the possibilities avoid this."
||SOUNDBITE (German) Jan Philipp ALBRECHT (Greens-EFA, DE) Rapporteur: "We have foreseen in this directive strong individual rights; I can for example always ask which data over myself are stored, I 'm better informed and I can erase my data and if a company wherever it comes from, US or China, breaks data protection rules, they face million Euro fine and that will make that this right is respected in Europe."
||Cutaway, introduction shots to Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, GR), Rapporteur
||SOUNDBITE (English) Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, GR), Rapporteur: "It is about the interest of the EU citizen; data protection is a fundamental right of the EU citizen it is a very important issue so I am convinced that the next European Parliament will approach the issue with the same dynamic and it will stick to what we have decided today in the Plenary".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, GR), Rapporteur: "When it comes to relations with third countries on this issue we see that other countries have other approaches, have lower standard. So I would suggest that we have to start thinking about a global regime on data protection, and because the EU is playing the leading role so far, it is up to the EU to take the initiative and make the necessary steps and proposals".
||Cutaways: MEPs exiting the Hemicycle after the votes.
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Juan Fernando LOPEZ AGUILAR (S&D, ES) LIBE Chair: "Today the EP has made a gigantic step forward, because this Parliament is legislating directly on the fundamental rights of the EU citizens. And we are doing so not with a directive but with a regulation, which means that the law is binding and applicable in all EU member states from the moment of its adoption. And EU citizens will be able to call on their national authorities and judicial systems to protect their privacy and their fundamental rights".
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Juan Fernando LOPEZ AGUILAR (S&D, ES) LIBE Chair: "And it is excellent news that this step forward is reinforcing the fundamental right to privacy in front of the Internet big companies. We are reinforcing people's data ownership and their right of consent for the use of their private data; there will also be the right to erase or cancel data if the data is damaging privacy or the guarantee of confidentiality of the communications of all Europeans. It's a step on the right direction".
||Cutaway: introductory shot of Axel VOSS (EPP, DE), Shadow Rapporteur.
||SOUNDBITE (German) Axel VOSS (EPP, DE) Shadow Rapporteur: ) "We have in general strengthened the rights of the citizens, concerning the right to erase, right to get information and to be informed, the right to correct data and to block it. We think that is now all very much balanced, that the companies can work in a practical manner and that the citizens have a tool box to act if they are not satisfied, that they have the opportunity to change and handle their personal data."
||SOUNDBITE (German): - Axel VOSS (EPP, DE) Shadow Rapporteur: "The directive does concern police and justice and their way of handling data and it was too tough and exaggerated that a normal practical way of working in the police authorities was not any more allowed. A social network is really something different than a police authority and therefore the data must be able to be handled in a different way. That data is blocked when you shift from an impact of possible danger to a criminal act, that you can't use those data is not very realistic".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Sophie In'T VELD (ALDE, NL), Shadow Rapporteur: "Industry is very worried about the regulation because they think it will stifle innovation and businesses. I actually think it's the contrary, because if this package is adopted by the Council as well, we will have a very very good law in Europe, the best in the world, and it will be like a seal of approval, like a certificate, that the company can show proving that it takes good care of the privacy and the personal data of its costumers".