EU Data Protection: European Parliament’s legal affairs committee backs uniform data protection rules

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The European Commission today welcomed the adoption of an opinion by the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) on the Commission’s proposal for a Data Protection Regulation reforming the EU’s data protection rules that date back to 1995. The opinion on the proposed Data Protection Regulation, drafted by MEP Marielle Gallo keeps up the momentum that is building towards the rapid adoption of new EU data protection rules. The JURI committee also voted on rapporteur Axel Voss’ opinion on the Data Protection Directive for the law enforcement sector. The opinions voted today will be submitted to the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE), which will vote on its own reports in spring 2013.

“Today’s votes by the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee take us another step towards the swift adoption of a modern data protection reform in Europe,” said Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner. “I thank the JURI Committee and, in particular rapporteurs, MEPs Marielle Gallo and Axel Voss, for their effective work. All the elements are falling into place to make decisive political progress on this critical dossier in the months to come. What we need for Europe is a deal that is good for citizens and that is good for business

“The data protection reform will also enhance trust among law enforcement authorities by facilitating exchanges of data to fight serious crime, while ensuring a high level of protection for citizens,” Vice-President Reding added. Here to read more.

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