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MEPs back strict EU data protection rules


22 Oct 2013


EU Priorities 2020


GUE/NGL MEP Cornelia Ernst has welcomed a key vote on new legislative proposals to overhaul EU data protection rules.


The European Parliament's civil liberties committee today approved EU rules on data protection that safeguard EU citizens' fundamental rights despite a massive lobbying campaign by big business. Based on this vote, Parliament can now enter into negotiations with Council.


"This vote paves the way to ensuring a high level of protection for EU citizens," Ernst said. "The revelations by Edward Snowden have had a major impact on the discussions on data protection and boosted calls for more rigorous data protection standards. Therefore MEPs have done their duty in listening to those calls today."

"The GUE/NGL group pushed hard during these negotiations to strengthen the data subject's rights in cases of profiling, to boost transparency, to restrict access of certain data, to tighten the rules on data transfer to third countries, and for the 'right to erasure'. Now we will take the fight to the Council!" she concluded.


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David Lundy +32 470 85 05 09

Emily Macintosh +32 470 85 05 08

Gay Kavanagh +32 473 84 23 20

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