Sun, Jun. 15, 2003

Schröder on EU Privacy Protection

CK - Washington.   The Electronic Privacy Information Center has developed a comprehensive overview of the European data retention directive, formally called the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (Directive 2002/58/EC).

In a related effort, an EU panel chartered to develop guidelines for international data transfers delivered a report on June 3, 2003 for the retention and protection of data collected by corporations under the EU directive on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (Directive 95/46/EC).

In Washington Internet Daily of June 13, 2003, former EPIC fellow Christian Schröder, is quoted as arguing that the report is an important first step toward self-regulation. He notes severe drawbacks, however, including the fact that its rules are not binding and do not enable non-Europeans to seek legal redress for violations. By contrast, the report encourages corporations to provide European "third party beneficiaries" of corporate rules of conduct to enforce their rights.

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