EDRi launched the booklet “An introduction to Data Protection” on 28 January 2013, the European Data Protection day.
The booklet is intended to provide an overview of some of the key issues and jargon surrounding data protection in the digital environment: from “what is personal data” to anonymisation, profiling, big data and cloud computing.
At its core, data protection is about preserving a fundamental right that is reflected in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Council of Europe Convention 108, as well as other international agreements and national constitutions.
The processing and re-use of citizens’ data has become increasingly important from an economic perspective. It has lead to pressure to weaken this fundamental right and also to change the legislative framework to make legal protections less predictable.
EDRi hopes that this document will be a positive contribution to the debate, and that the outcome of the review process will ensure predictable and proportionate protection of privacy in the digital age – reinforcing the European Union’s global leadership on this topic.
The booklet is available under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 licence, allowing thus furthers translations and free dissemination.
An introduction to Data Protection (01.2013)
FAQs on referral of ACTA to the European Court of Justice
edri.org compiles an interesting set of FAQs regarding the referral the European Commission has made to the European Court of Justice on ACTA.
They answer questions like:
Why did the EC decide to opt for a referral?
How can the EC refer ACTA to the CJEU?
What are the questions that will be asked?
What would the referral not cover?
What are the possible outcomes?
How long will a ruling take?
Regarding this last one, edri.org says that “In general, the European Court of Justice rules within twelve to twenty-four months. However, some European law makers are hoping for a faster ruling. Much depends on the choices made by the Court and the scope of the questions asked”.
So we can expect some real answers to ACTA questions in quite a long time. But until CJEU will decide in a way or another, enjoy reading the edri answers, HERE.
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