Commissioner Giovanni Buttarelli, deputy European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), spoke last week on the EDPS’ first official position on the recent report from MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht on the European Commission’s proposed update to the 1995 Data Protection Directive. Noting that in the EDPS’ view, “the data protection package is a huge and necessary step forward for data protection in Europe,” Buttarelli explained, “We appreciate any further contribution aimed to ensure a full comprehensiveness of the two legal instruments—the regulation and the directive—to increase the level of protection ensured by the directive as well as solutions aimed to improve some provisions of both legal instruments which need to be adjusted, clarified or fine-tuned.” Buttarelli also noted in his talking points for last week’s LIBE meeting that “we are in an important phase where there is no room for mistakes. This is why at the EDPS we will continue to follow all further developments and contribute to the debate also through additional, formal contributions, where necessary.” Editor's Note: The upcoming IAPP web conference Draft Report on New EU Data Protection Regulation—Strict Requirements Proposed will offer expert analysis on the draft report.
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