Strict data protection rules will improve rather than weaken law enforcement

In his Opinion on the EC’s proposed legal framework for Europol, the European Data Protection Supervisor states that strong data protection principles – of the sort that would prevent the UK’s Communications Data Bill – would improve rather than weaken law enforcement.Europe’s current data protection proposals come in two parts: the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which primarily affects the relationship between business and personal data, and a separate directive affecting the relationship between law enforcement and personal data. The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has always expressed a preference for a single regime based on the GDPR so that law enforcement would be bound by the same legal construct as business in order to avoid the possibility of contradiction between the two regimes.

SOURCE: infosecurity-magazine.com

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