ETNO marks EU Data Protection day with call for speedy adoption of draft legislation


29 Jan 2014



Press release

Bussels, 28.01.2014 – ETNO welcomes Vice-President Reding’s call, made during the course of the EU Data Protection Day, for a speedy completion of the legislative work on the EU data protection legislation. Reform of the current EU framework is urgently needed in order to take account of the new digital context and to introduce more harmonisation across the EU and legal certainty for business.

ETNO has consistently pushed for the basic principle of ‘same service, same rules’ and fully supports VP Redings’s call for data protection rules to apply irrespective of the nationality of the person concerned. Applying different standards to nationals and non-nationals makes no sense in view of the open nature of the Internet and impedes the free flow of data.

Data protection rules should also reflect the evolution of services and business models. “The future EU legal framework should allow responsible companies to unlock the value of personal data through new digital services that consumers are demanding. In turn these services will generate growth and jobs throughout the EU. Excessive administrative burdens on industry which do not provide real benefits for the users should be removed” said Luigi Gambardella, ETNO Executive Board Chairman.

ETNO believes that the international transfer of data, including to the US, is vital to ensure a well-functioning global Internet economy and a high level of data protection should be guaranteed for such data. As such, ETNO welcomes the current review process of the Safe Harbor Agreement and sees it an important occasion to set high data privacy standards for the benefit of consumers and business.

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