MPs slam Europe's plan for rejig of data protection law
Such rigidity will never be acceptable to us
A proposal to overhaul data protection law in Europe came under attack today from a panel of British MPs. The politicians have urged Brussels' justice commissioner Viviane Reding to rewrite her plan.
A scathing report published this morning by the House of Commons Justice Select Committee warned that Reding's proposed directive, in its current form, was too rigid and that it failed to address "national context" relating to how such legislation might fly in different parts of the European Union.
The MPs complained:
We regard as authoritative the UK Information Commissioner's assertion that the system set out in this draft Regulation 'cannot work' and is 'a regime which no-one will pay for', and we believe that the Commission needs to go back to the drawing board and devise a regime which is much less prescriptive, particularly in the processes and procedures it specifies.
They went on to accept that data protection law in the EU needed a shakeup and welcomed certain aspects of Reding's bill, but added that "the proposals do not allow for flexibility or discretion for businesses or other organisations which hold personal data, or for data protection authorities".
Reding - occasionally spotted having stern words about Britain's handling of sensitive information - laid out her proposals in January this year to update data protection law in the 27 member-states that make up the EU. She has long claimed to be a champion of the rights of the individual, but she is all for making concessions for businesses, too - a point that immediately led to allegations that the commissioner was watering down the bill to allay the fears of ad execs.
The full report can be viewed here. ®
Must try this next time I need a wage rise...
"Q115 Mr Llwyd: This leads me on to my next question. The Information Commissioner gave this Committee estimates of the impact on his office. He said that, if his office fulfilled the minimum duties required of them in the Regulation, they would in fact be seeking a 56% increase in funding amounting to £8.4 million. A more realistic estimate, given the new duties being imposed, could well turn out to be £28 million. The Commissioner said, memorably I think, "This system cannot work. Nobody will pay for it."
My question is: how will the Government fund the additional resources estimated at a minimum of £8.4 million that the Information Commissioner’s Office will require?"
"The Commissioner said, memorably I think, "This system cannot work. Nobody will pay for it.""
Shock, MP's try and make a fuxx in the only thing that is left to them.
Simply put, MP's don't understand the DPA and if they did they would realise it is unknown to most, overused and badly abused by companies (like H&S) and every home user has no real idea that they openly break it or allow it to be broken by facebook, google and the new EA / Origin EULA etc.
They are already in the stick for the digitial britain fiasco (everyone has to be scanned, brought in by a non-elected person 1 week before election) and phorm (never resolved) so who is really gonna wonder why MP's kick off now?
Jobs worth perhaps because next year boundaries change and some are going to disappear, and because no one cares about them??????