I just read the recent "Opinion" from the European Data Protection Supervisor on the communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. Are you still with me? Hang in there, because it's easy to get lost in this story.
On January 14, 2011 the European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx, gave his written opinion regarding the Review of the Data Protection Legal Framework and he gave it a qualified thumbs up - I think?
Here is the text ...
"Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions – A comprehensive approach on personal data protection in the European Union”
...and then follows 36 pages in total, which you can read here.
The "Opinion" only came out this week and I noticed a scarcity of people have jumped in yet and distilled this "Opinion" down to anything that the rest of us simpletons can understand. Fortunately this morning I woke up to the V3.co.uk article entitled "EU data protection supervisor backs new law". It looks like a qualified "thumbs up" is a good assessment.
In my quest to understand this "opinion" I did also find interesting links to the European Data Protection Day on January 28 and an impressive program of events organized by the Council of Europe and the European Commission. Mr. Peter Hustinx is one of the featured speakers. Hopefully his speech will provide the simplified version of what he was trying to say.
In the meantime - I'm taking his "Opinion" as a thumbs-up for data-protection in the European Union - and that's good news.