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Costs of EU Privacy Proposals Questioned

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On April 4, 2012, the Chairman of Working Party 29 (a committee of data protection authorities from European Union member states) expressed concern regarding the potential costs of the proposed European Union privacy reforms.

In a letter to the Commissioner for Justice, Human Rights and Citizenship, the Chairman of Working Party 29, wrote that it “strongly suggests and in-depth assessment of the increased costs”.  The Chairman wrote:

If the cost of providing [adequate human, technical and financial resources, premises and infrastructure to data protection authorities] exceeds the financial commitment that Member States and the Commission are prepared to make, then priorities should be set, with those duties that do not provide the best ‘value for money’ in terms of privacy protection being scaled back.

More on the EU Proposals can be found in my January 2012 post.