As insomniacs will know, a deal has been done amongst member states on the wording on the reheated EU Constitution, now branded more modestly as a Reform Treaty.
We don’t have the details of exactly what is agreed to hand yet. But reports of some of the novel inclusions which were under discussion (see the EU Observer’s Personal data protection under threat in EU treaty draft) are not very heartening.
If the changes to European Data Protection principles proceed in the manner suggested in that report , the governments of the EU member states would have overturned the principle of keeping their citizens’ private data private so that they could send it abroad to ‘third parties’ (read: the US) without being checked by the Parliament or, crucially, the European Court of Justice.
This is clearly a reaction to the ECJ’s ruling on the EU air passenger data transfers to US in 2006.
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