EC Firms Up Plans to Revise Data Privacy Laws

The European Commission has indicated that it might soon reform its Data Privacy rules in order to stay at par with technology advancements that sometimes threaten the privacy of users.

The announcement was made at World Data Privacy Day conference by European Union’s Information Society and Media commissioner Viviane Reding, who called for the modernisation of the European Union’s data privacy rules in the light of recent advancements in web technology.

The statement issued by the European Commission spelled out the need for reforms in data privacy rules as fast-developing technologies like behavioral advertisement, social networking websites and smart chips are threatening a user’s Right to Privacy. EC also indicated that it wanted to reform existing data protection laws to ensure “legal certainty for industries and the take-up of new technology.”

Viviane Reding, commenting on the proposed privacy roadmap, said in a statement that “EU rules should allow everyone to realise their right to know when their personal data can be lawfully processed, whether boarding a plane, or surfing the internet, and to say no to it whenever they want.”

Meanwhile, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office released a statement which revealed that data protection regulators continued to face difficulties in several states and that the office has received around 600 reports of data security breaches in the last two years.