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Coalition government makes UK a data protection leader in Europe

January 28, 2011 2:39 PM

Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford has briefed a UK Ministry of Justice conference on revision of EU data protection law. This has taken place on European data protection day, marking the 30th anniversary of the landmark European Convention for the protection of personal data which subsequent EU measures built on.

Sarah Ludford commented:

"EU data protection has recently been strengthened with new provisions, not least greater scope for MEPs to represent the concerns of our constituents about threats to their privacy especially from technology and policing."

"I am pleased to help the UK be well prepared for this year's negotiations on a revised EU data protection law. The Ministry of Justice, led by the LibDem Lord McNally as competent minister who I know is passionate about this subject, is ahead of the game through its consultation with businesses, regulators and the public."

"More and more of our data is being collected whether online by companies or for security reasons such as DNA, 'naked' body scanners and access to our bank accounts. This is rightly driving the widespread determination to make data protection fit for purpose."

"The UK privacy record under the previous Labour government was inadequate. Not only were there many scandals of lost data like the 25 million tax records, but the EU had to step in to ensure that the Information Commissioner as watchdog had sufficient teeth. I'm delighted that the coalition government is determined to make the UK a leader not a laggard in Europe, as shown already by the abolition of ID cards."

ENDS