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Reform of the EU rules governing data protection.

Posted by benjamin-nicolau en marzo 23, 2013

EDPS: Enormous energy put into reforming data protection rules must deliver strong and effective protection for EU citizens

Last week, the EDPS sent additional comments on the reform of the EU rules governing data protection to the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council in view of today’s debate on the subject in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE). These comments relate to specific areas that require clarification and are a reaction to a number of amendments proposed by various Parliament committees, including LIBE.

Peter Hustinx, EDPS, says: “As a society, we are increasingly reliant on technology that processes huge amounts of our personal information. Electronic surveillance is commonplace with profiling and “big data” putting our privacy under strain. The reform of the data protection framework is a momentous opportunity to redress the balance and guarantee this fundamental right for all EU citizens for generations to come. It is vital that the outcome of the negotiations in the European Parliament and the Council is a reform package that delivers a high level of data protection.”

In our daily lives, we often share personal information with others: whether through loyalty cards, filling in a hotel form or a job application, or perhaps taking part in clinical trials. Online data sharing is pervasive on e-commerce sites, social networks and in mobile apps, via PCs, but also smart phone tablets. Big data companies are able to mine information about us from a variety of on and off line sources, correlate it and often make money on the profiles that can be built from this information.

Faced with complex, pervasive and ‘always on’ technology, EU citizens should be able to control the manner in which their personal information is used. This is why the EDPS urges that the definition of explicit consent – in other words clear and unambiguous permission from the individual over the use of his or her personal information – be maintained as one of the cornerstones of the data protection framework.

In addition, the enormous computing power applied to increasing amounts of data from various sources make it harder to ensure that the means supposed to anonymise data or disguise a person’s identity (such as pseudonyms) are really effective. Any definition of anonymous data or pseudonymous data should be fully consistent with the definition of personal data, and should not lead to unduly removing certain categories of data from the scope of the data protection framework. In particular, it should be kept in mind that pseudonymised data remains personal data and as such should be protected.
The EDPS’ comments also address other aspects of the new data protection framework. In conclusion, the EDPS warns the EU legislator to guard against undue pressure from industry to lower the level of data protection that currently exists, and instead to seize the opportunity to offer stronger and more effective protection to citizens across the EU.

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Parlamento Europeo prolonga 7 años el mandato ENISA

Posted by benjamin-nicolau en febrero 23, 2013

Parlamento Europeo prolonga 7 años el mandato ENISA

El mandato de la Agencia Europea de Seguridad de las Redes y la Información (ENISA, según sus siglas en inglés) se extenderá siete años más después del voto de la Eurocámara este miércoles 20 de febrero. El conservador británico Giles Chichester defendió que debería trasladarse a Bruselas. Por el momento, permanecerá en Heraklión, la capital de la isla griega de Creta, con nuevas tareas y responsabilidades.

La propuesta recién apoyada por la comisión de Industria, Investigación y Energía del Parlamento Europeo pretende modernizar esta agencia creada en 2004. Sus funciones se ampliarán para que desempeñe un papel clave en la lucha contra la delincuencia en Internet, también denominada cibercrimen. Su misión será ayudar a coordinar los esfuerzos de las diferentes autoridades para que se respete la ley y queden protegidos los datos privados.

Entre otras tareas, ENISA colaborará con la Comisión Europea para diseñar políticas y facilitar la cooperación entre los Estados de la Unión Europea. También ayudará a la UE a recopilar, analizar y difundir información y datos sobre seguridad. Y promoverá el uso de la gestión de riesgos y los ejemplos a seguir en materia estándares de seguridad.

ENISA experimentará cambios en la gestión, una simplificación de sus procedimientos y un incremento gradual de sus recursos. A pesar de que el eurodiputado británico Giles Chichester argumentara que “basta con revisar las estadísticas de viajes de ENISA para sugerir que Bruselas sería un lugar mucho mejor que cualquier otro”, la agencia seguirá en la isla griega de Creta.

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