Draft Privacy Directive

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10 April 2008

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPA) has published an opinion on the draft directive which is set to amend current european privacy legislation. The opinion is non-binding, but some of the suggestions may be adopted by the european parliament. The EDPS recommends that the security breach notification system should be extended beyond public electronic communication services to services such as online banks and insurers and other online businesses. EDPS also recommends that the proposed right for ISPs and others to bring legal action against spammers should be expanded so that anyone with a legitimate interest can bring an action for infringement of the privacy directive. 

The EDPS criticises the fact that the draft directive is currently limited to providers of public electronic communications networks and recommends that it include providers of electronic communications services in mixed (private/public) and private networks.

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