Austrian Data Watchdog More Of A Lap Dog, ECJ Says

Law360, New York (October 17, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT) -- The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that the Austrian government has too much influence over the country's data protection authority, stressing the importance of these regulators' independence as the European Union mulls a reform that would give them stronger enforcement powers.

In its judgment, the EU's highest court found that the Austrian data protection regulator's close ties with the Federal Chancellery violated the requirements of the bloc's 1995 data protection directive, which mandates that data protection regulators in each member nation “act with complete independence...
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