EU Officials Bash Proposed Data Protection Overhaul

Law360, New York (March 30, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT) -- Europe's national privacy regulators and the German Parliament separately criticized the new European Union privacy framework this week, saying the proposed data protection regulation unlawfully expands the European Commission's legislative and regulatory authority.

The Upper House of the German Parliament released a paper Friday revealing that its EU Committee on Internal Affairs believed the proposed data protection overhaul contradicted the principles of proportionality and subsidiarity contained in Article 5 of the Treaty on the European Union.

“[The regulation] exceeds the legislative powers of the EU,” the...
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