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EU ministers OK new cross-border data protection plan, sparking criticism

Loek Essers | March 16, 2015
Ministers of European Union countries have agreed on a new plan to deal with cross-border privacy cases. Companies and a variety of critics, though, have called the proposal a mess.

The compromise, though, is the best the Council could achieve at this moment, said Dzintars Rasnas, Minister for Justice of Latvia, the country which currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council.

Details could still change, however, before the Council makes a final decision on the whole data protection package. The current plan does not exclude the possibility of improving the text before June, when the ministers are scheduled to reach an agreement on data-protection reforms, Rasnas said.

If the Council reaches an agreement in June, it will be possible to conclude data protection reform in 2015, Jourová said. However, after reaching an agreement of its own, the Council must discuss the plan with the Commission and the European Parliament. All three legislative branches must sign off on the reform in order for it to become law.

 

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