23 September 2006

EU - Terrorism must not mean privacy breaches, says EU data guru

The EU's data protection head has hit out at claims that privacy advocates are blocking governments' attempts to pass so-called anti-terror legislation. The EU Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Peter Hustinx said effective legislation cannot exist without data protection controls. Including such measures in new laws can only improve them by introducing safeguards to make sure only the right individuals can access sensitive details, added Hustinx. Hustinx said in a statement: 'It is a misconception that protection of privacy and personal data holds back the fight against terrorism and organised crime.' see EU and the right to privacy: EDPS on mid-term state of play.