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EU Data Protection Framework Proposals

Inquiry

The Justice Select Committee, chaired by Sir Alan Beith MP, launched a call for written evidence for its inquiry into European Union Data Protection Framework Proposals.

The Justice Select Committee was asked by the European Scrutiny Committee to give its opinion on the EU Commission’s proposals to reform EU data protection laws. These were:

a) A Regulation for general and commercial data protection; and
b) A Directive covering processing in the areas of police and criminal justice

The Committee invited written evidence on the questions below:

  • Will the proposed Regulation strike the right balance between the need, on the one hand, for a proportionate, practicable but effective system of data protection in the EU, and on the other for business and public authorities not to be stifled by regulatory, financial and administrative burdens placed upon them?
  • Will the proposed Directive strike the right balance between the need, on the one hand, for a proportionate, practicable but effective system of data protection for police and criminal cooperation in the EU, and on the other for law enforcement authorities to be able to investigate crime without disproportionate financial or administrative burden?
  • Are the next steps the UK Government proposes to take during the negotiations, set out in the Summary of responses to its Call for evidence, the right approach?

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