Saying “Citizens should be able to transfer their data from one service provider, such as a social network, to another just as they are able to keep their mobile number when changing telecoms operators,” EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding called strongly for passage of new data protection regulation in a speech this morning before the Justice Council. Noting the European Parliament will vote on the data protection package on March 12, she said the Commission supports the Greek Presidency’s language and that “transfers based on adequacy, on so-called appropriate safeguards (such as binding corporate rules) or on well framed derogations which are the exception not the rule” are sufficient mechanisms for international data transfer, which might raise questions about the future of Safe Harbor. However, one report says Great Britain will be bent on filibustering progress.
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