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Data protection enforcement must strengthen citizens’ rights, not weaken them!

European Parliament Freedom, democracy and transparency Press releases

Today, the European Commission presented a draft regulation to improve cooperation between European data protection authorities. MEP and digital freedom fighter Patrick Breyer (Pirate Party) warns:

“My data must belong to myself – this is the central power balance question in the information age. However, the enforcement of data protection law against global internet corporations suffers from procrastination and industry-friendliness, especially in Ireland. We urgently need to take action here. However, the EU Commission does not want to introduce deadlines to speed up proceedings. Reducing the participation rights of victims of data protection violations and scandals is not an acceptable way to speed up proceedings! We need enforcement reform to strengthen citizens’ rights against corporations, not to weaken them.”