Four data protection associations are appealing to the European Commission to recognize the role of the data protection officer when considering revisions to the EU Data Protection Directive. The groups--the French Association of Data Protection Correspondents, Spanish Association of Privacy Professionals, German Association for Data Protection and Data Security and the data protection association of the Netherlands--feel that the role of the data privacy controller should be strengthened. In a recent press release, they say that data protection officers are "key players in protecting the privacy of consumers, employees and citizens," and their roles, missions and legal status should be defined and harmonized across Europe. (Article in French.)
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