The EDPS considers that the EU Data Protection reform is… weak

The European Data Protection Supervisor issued today its Opinion on the data protection reform package proposed by the European Commission on January 25.

You can read it HERE.

The EDPS “welcomes the proposed Regulation as it constitutes a huge step forward for data protection in Europe” and “is particularly pleased to see that the instrument of a regulation is proposed for the general rules on data protection”.

However The EDPS is “seriously disappointed with the proposed Directive for data protection in the law enforcement area. The EDPS regrets that the Commission has chosen to regulate this matter in a self-standing legal instrument which provides for an inadequate level of protection, which is greatly inferior to the proposed Regulation”. That is an interesting point of view.

The greatest weakness is considered to be the perpetuation of “the lack of comprehensiveness of the EU data protection rules”. The EDPS considers the reform package “leaves many EU data protection instruments unaffected such as the data protection rules for the EU institutions and bodies, but also all specific instruments adopted in the area of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters such as the Prüm Decision and the rules on Europol and Eurojust.

Furthermore, the proposed instruments taken together do not fully address factual situations which fall under both policy areas, such as the use of PNR or telecommunication data for law enforcement purposes”.

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