13 June 2007

EDPS letter to incoming Portuguese presidency: fundamental rights are not captives of security

(RAPID)
Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor, sent letters to the Portuguese Ministers for Justice and Interior. Hustinx requested the upcoming presidency to ensure sufficient consideration of data protection implications before Council initiatives are adopted. It seems that a number of agreements on new anti-terrorist measures have been concluded without fully considering the impact on fundamental rights. To help the Council avoid that from happening, the EDPS makes himself available as an advisor so that the Council can adopt effective as well as legitimate new policies.