New draft of the Framework Decision on data protection
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The Commission received these days also a totally new draft of the Framework
Decision on data protection in police and judicial cooperation.
The proposal was sent by Germany as the EU Council President and reffers to
data protection in the security sector.
The draft, made public by Statewatch, includes the establishment of an
overriding regulatory authority for all the database systems for criminal
prosecution, coordinated by the EU Council and is mainly aimed at ensuring
the legal sharing of data between criminal prosecutors.
Germany has however included in the proposal a clause that would implement
the sharing of police data with non-member states even if the framework
resolution is passed. Moreover, the proposal states all authorities “that
deal specifically with matters of national security,” are exempted.
Although this proposal grants citizens with the right to access data that
security authorities have about them, it does not give access to information
in case such access hampers the work of the investigators, is a violation of
secrecy requirements or affects domestic peace and security or natural
German government wants more exceptions to EU data protection for security
Proposal for a Council Framework Decision on the protection of personal data
processed in the framework of police and judicial cooperation in criminal