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Europe Data Protection Digest | Attacks Revive "Police" Directive Discussions; MEPs Work Toward PNR Deal Related reading: Global News Roundup: March 30–April 6, 2020



When the European Commission (EC) published its proposal for comprehensive reform of the EU's 1995 Data Protection Directive in 2012, it was keen to emphasize it was delivering a package of reforms comprising not only the regulation but also a "police" directive on protecting personal data processed for the purposes of prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses and related judicial activities. The recent attacks in Paris have revived a long-running discussion about how to process personal data for public safety while protecting individuals' rights, reports Promontory's John Bowman, CIPP/E, in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor. And BBC News reports MEPs “agreed to work towards a deal to share airline passenger data” before the year’s end; however, they also urged “the adoption of the Data Protection Directive in parallel.” Meanwhile, EurActiv reports MEPs approved a law allowing member states “to share information on car registries,” and in the UK, reports that ahead of the general election, the country’s major political parties have said “there must be a considered approach to how data access and citizens' privacy are managed.”
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