Delay for incoming data privacy legislation

Delay for incoming data privacy legislation

A new bill revolving around data protection may not see the light of day before 2016, thanks to objections coming from the UK.

The proposed European law, which has been waiting in the wings for some time, would protect privacy but may also cost firms in Britain millions of pounds in fines. The British government has taken that on board, leading to concerns.

That was the message delivered by MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, who is in charge of the bill.

The planned General Data Protection Regulation is scheduled to be completed by 2016. However, a disagreement over the proposed rules is exposing citizens in Europe to being spied on from European and foreign intelligence agencies, said Albrecht.

At a European Parliament briefing that took place on the seventh of January, Albrecht said that further delays of a law, initially put forward in 2012, are anti-democratic. The law has seen close to 4,000 amendments.

A spokesperson of the MEP commented:

“We don’t know if we will make it this year. The European Council really have to run fast if they want to keep to the timescale. We hope we will manage, but if Council will wait even longer it will be very very difficult.”

Any laws that help to secure data privacy are a step in the right direction for both the UK and Europe as a whole. Both individuals and businesses also need to be vigilant when it comes to information security. Firms especially need to fill cyber security jobs to ensure that their clients’ data is fully secure – a symptom of the climate in which we currently live.

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