The European Data Protection Supervisor has had a busy year - with a wider remit to cover all EU institutions as well as helping to write a new legal framework for data protection across the European Union. It took some unpopular positions against handing passenger name records to the US and called for stronger legal protection …
not a big deal but....
... you assume wrong ("we assume with advice from the EDPS,"). Commissioner Viviane Reding was motivated to act as a result of a significant number of individual UK citizens contacting her directly about Phorm. This type of process is somewhat outside the EDPS' remit.
So, the EU is at least partially useful ?
The EU has generally been at the forefront where personal privacy is concerned, and good on them for that.
Unfortunately, the EU has been seriously lacking in backbone when it comes to standing up to the outrageous demands of the US government devil spawn, Homeland Security, and that is a shame.
The European Union and the Council of Europe are different things.
"The supervisor said the coming year would include more work in reviewing data protection and retention laws..."
About time they kicked arse over the UK's illegal retention of innocent people's DNA, then.
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