The European Commission tabled two proposals in January 2012 to set up a new legal framework for the protection of personal data in Europe. Its ambitious legislative proposal includes a binding Regulation on General Data Protection which comprises tightened harmonisation rules with implications for individuals, companies and public authorities.

Within the European Parliament the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) is responsible for the file, with opinions due to be submitted by four other Committees, reflecting the complexity of the proposed Regulation. Drafted by rapporteur Nadja Hirsch (ALDE, Germany), the EMPL draft opinion is the first to be published and focuses on employee data issues.

In particular, the draft opinion is concerned with attempts to regulate the privacy of employee data in one article. The text highlights the little space dedicated to employment-related data in the Commission’s proposal and notes that, in its current form, the Regulation only provides a minimum level of protection.

Like many critics of the proposed Regulation, the EMPL draft opinion draws attention to the number of delegated acts and states that these should only be used ’where non-material elements of the existing Regulation need to be adapted rapidly and flexibly to technical and security innovations’.

The full draft opinion can be found here and is now under discussion within the Committee, awaiting adoption and subsequent submission to the LIBE Committee.

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Last modified on December 4 2012.