Monday, April 30, 2007

Privacy Watchdog Slams EU-Wide Sharing of Police Data


Europe's privacy watchdog has expressed "grave concern" about a proposal to share personal information between police forces across Europe, calling it a "lowest common denominator approach that would hinder the fundamental rights of EU citizens".

Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), issued his opinion on a proposal put forward in January by the German Presidency of the EU. The German plan is a revision of a long-running proposal for sharing data between European police forces.

The opinion lays out a plan to share data within what is called the 'third pillar', which means in areas of policing and national security, while still operating within the limits of EU data protection law.

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