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The European Data Protection Supervisor has adopted an opinion on the Stockholm programme - the European Commission's creepy-sounding "agenda for the future".

The Stockholm programme is a outline of legislation planned for the next five years. It is due to be adopted by the European Council in December.

EDPS said it was glad the communication seemed to balance the need to guarantee citizens' security with the need to guard their fundamental rights.

For its part the EDPS wants comprehensive data protection covering all of the European Union. It also called on the European Commission to reassert its basic data protection principles which should follow the "purpose limitation principle" - avoiding function creep.

The supervisor said moves to create a European information model needed to make sure that privacy and data security were designed in from the start.

The full statement is available from here (pdf). ®

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