According to computerweekly.com, Christopher Graham, UK’s Information Commissioner, considers that the proposals for the new European data protection framework are over-engineered and need a lot of work.
In their current form, the proposals are also unaffordable because regulators would need a small army of staff to cope, he told a Westminster eForum seminar in London.
“The draft proposals demand that data protection authorities must impose fines for a whole list of things classified as data breaches, leaving no room for regulators to exercise discretion,” said Graham.
European data protection authorities, he said, would never be able to get enough funding to implement and enforce all the proposals to the letter as they now stand.
“The result would be that they be forced to pick and choose [which to enforce], which would lead to inconsistencies across Europe,” he said.
Many regulations would also not be enforced, he said, leading to less effective data protection regulation for Europe than those currently in place.
“Surely it is possible to get agreement to say instead that data protection authorities mayimpose fines, rather than must,” said Graham.
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