With eight trilogue meetings in the books, the negotiators looking to reach a final draft of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation by Christmas are in the home stretch. Yet again this week, Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, Parliamentarian rapporteur for the GDPR, reported a goal of reaching an agreement before the end of the year. No party from the Commission or Council has indicated anything to the contrary. Rather, we are now seeing the release of compromise positions as lobbying from consumer and industry groups intensify. Sam Pfeifle examines for Privacy Tracker new documents released from the Luxembourg presidency that may be the best indication yet of where three hot-button issues may resolve: data breach notification requirements, the question of the mandatory DPO and the size of potential sanctions for violations. Meanwhile, Politico profiles Albrecht in the context of his admiration for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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