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Economic and Social Committee's opinion on data protection

The opinion of Economic and Social Committee on a proposal to protect the processing of personal data has been published on the Official Journal of the European Communities.

The Committee believes that the Community institutions and bodies must offer maximum protection and gu...
The opinion of Economic and Social Committee on a proposal to protect the processing of personal data has been published on the Official Journal of the European Communities.

The Committee believes that the Community institutions and bodies must offer maximum protection and guarantees when processing personal data, and the rapid growth in information and communication technologies makes it more necessary to improve protection and guarantees, while respecting the principle of free data movement.

However these technological developments also provide new ways of protecting against unauthorised access, secure transmission and privacy guarantees.

The Committee states that protecting people's rights and providing them with guarantees must be an integral part of the process of designing instruments and methods for handling data. The proposal is general satisfactory in the provisions it makes along these lines, says the Committee.

However the Committee believes that certain provisions should be improved, such as providing specific protective provisions for legal persons or entities.

While noting many positive and interesting initiatives in the 'Proposal for a Regulation of the European parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the institutions and bodies of the Community and on the free movement of such data', the Committee has made several precise and detailed suggestions and recommendations. These can be found in the Official Journal of the European Communities.

This opinion was adopted on 8 December 1999 at the Economic and Social Committee's 368th plenary session, and will pass to the European Parliament and the Council for their consideration.

Source: Official Journal of the European Communities
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