Subject RE: EC consulting on data protection
From Andrew Cormack <Andrew.Cormack@xxxxxx>
Date Fri, 2 Jul 2010 11:25:03 +0000

> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Simonsen [mailto:david@xxxxxxx]
> Sent: 02 July 2010 11:59
> To: Andrew Cormack
> Cc: REFeds
> Subject: Re: [refeds] EC consulting on data protection
> Hello Andrew,
> On Jul 2, 2010, at 12:16 PM, Andrew Cormack wrote:
> > I was at a meeting in Brussels yesterday, providing input to the
> Commission for their revision of the Data Protection Directive. Since
> it covered a lot of areas we have tripped over - (lack of)
> harmonisation, international transfers, data minimisation - I hope my
> write-up might be of interest.
> Thanks very much for your summery.
> Interesting stuff!
> >
> developments/2010/07/02/data-protection-directive-meeting/
> >
> > I was particularly interested to hear that although we may be at the
> leading edge of Federated Access Management, we're definitely not the
> only ones stress-testing the law in this area!
> Can you say a few words about which sectors and their use cases?

Pretty much anyone trying to work across more than one country! Banks trying to exchange credit histories details and pharmaceutical companies trying to do international drugs trials were two that were mentioned.

Both discovered that they were having to comply with 27 different rules on notification/approval for processing, whether stuff was personal data, and even what purposes were supported by local legislation (apparently there are countries that don't have the "legitimate interests of a third party" justification, which is going to be a big problem for both of those applications) :-(


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