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EU data protection update

The European Parliament has formally agreed amendments to the draft Data Protection Regulation in the same form as proposed by its Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) last year.


As explained in the IPA’s announcement at the time LIBE’s amendments were published ( , the LIBE Committee’s version of the draft shows a lack of understanding of the realities of the online commercial world and does not strike a balance between the interests of consumers to have their privacy protected on the one hand, and businesses to innovate and interact with consumers on the other.

However, to become law, the draft Regulation needs to go through several, further stages. The Council of Ministers have yet to agree on their preferred version of the text of the Regulation and have suggested that they want to achieve a sensible, balanced document even if doing so takes time.

The Ministers are due to meet in June this year to see if they can reach agreement. Even then, a trilogue process will be necessary whereby the Parliament, Council and Commission engage in discussions to try and formally adopt an agreed version of the Regulation. If they do so by the end of 2014, the Regulation would become law two years later.

Says Richard Lindsay, IPA Legal Director: “Although the adoption by the Parliament of the LIBE amended text is disappointing, there is still hope that the Council of Ministers will create a more balanced version of the draft Regulation that reflects the crucial role that the online commercial world – including advertising - plays in Europe’s economy. We should know more in June this year.”

Last updated 14/03/2014

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