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The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has welcomed the European Commission's move to strengthen privacy and data protection.

The reform process is in its early stages, but the EDPS said the timing was good because Europe needed strong and effective protection to match changing technology.

Peter Hustinx, the EDPS, said he supported the broad framework of the new laws.

These include harmonising different national approaches, including privacy by design and accountability, mandatory breach notification and including police and justice in data protection law.

The EDPS said it would keep any eye on proposals and give a more detailed response in the next few weeks.

The Supervisor noted that while everyone is waiting for the new law, there is no reason not to enforce existing regulations.

The EDPS statement on data protection reform is here.

The British government is already on its way to court for failing to obey data protection law by allowing BT to secretly trial Phorm's snooping technology without informing customers. ®

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