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European Commission Proposal for Data Protection Regulation Delayed Again

Posted in European Union, International

An important vote in the European Parliament has been postponed for the second time. The vote of the LIBE committee, the lead committee for the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation, which was initially scheduled for the end of April, had already been postponed until the end of May 2013 (see InsidePrivacy European Parliament’s Lead Committee for the Proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation Postpones Vote, March 21, 2013).

Now, Mr. Albrecht, the rapporteur for the proposal in the European Parliament, has announced that in view of the huge number of proposed amendments, the May date is no longer tenable. A new date for the vote has not yet been scheduled, but Mr. Albrecht still aims at voting on the proposed Regulation before the summer break. Despite some progress made, numerous compromises still have to be struck before the European Parliament can start negotiations with the Council, which also still has to agree on a common position.