Vote on Data Protection postponed

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Will you have to ask your customers for consent regarding their personal data and will you have to delete this data if asked? These are only 2 e-commerce relevant topics covered by the Data Protection reform package which is currently under discussion in the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). During the “consideration of amendments” on 6 and 7 May, it became clear that both the Data Protection Regulation (DPR) and the Directive will not get voted upon by the end of May, as scheduled before.

The absence of several ‘shadow rapporteurs’ during the debates, indicated the complexity of the process and the difficulties this dossier has to cope with. The rapporteur, MEP Albrecht (Germany, Greens-EFA), announced the postponement of the vote in LIBE to a still to be defined date in June.

A representative of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union told the Parliament that a next Council’s meeting with Data Protection on the agenda will take place on 6 June 2013. He also admitted that the whole Data Protection reform package process will probably not get finished by the end of Ireland’s mandate at the end June. It will be interesting to see how the next presidency, Lithuania, will tackle this dossier.

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