On 12 July, 2012, the Justice Select Committee, the body tasked by the UK Parliament’s European Scrutiny Committee to give its opinion on the EU Commission’s proposals to reform EU data protection laws, launched a call for written evidence on the following questions:
- Will the proposed Regulation strike the right balance between the need, on the one hand, for a proportionate, practicable but effective system of data protection in the EU, and on the other for business and public authorities not to be stifled by regulatory, financial and administrative burdens placed upon them?
- Will the proposed Directive strike the right balance between the need, on the one hand, for a proportionate, practicable but effective system of data protection for police and criminal cooperation in the EU, and on the other for law enforcement authorities to be able to investigate crime without disproportionate financial or administrative burden?
- Are the next steps the UK Government proposes to take during the negotiations, set out in the Summary of responses to its Call for Evidence, the right approach?
This follows the publication last month of the Summary of Responses into an earlier Call for Evidence on the proposed Regulation. Responses to the latest consultation must be received by 20 August 2012.
In addition, on 9 July, 2012, the Joint Committee on the draft Communications Data Bill, which is conducting pre-legislative scrutiny into the draft Bill which would expand existing laws on communications surveillance, invited written submissions on a list of specific questions. These range from the scope of the Bill to its cost and the adequacy of the proposed safeguards. Respondents are also free to comment on issues related to the draft Bill which may not have been specifically highlighted by the Committee’s questions.
Responses to the Call for Evidence on the draft Bill must be received by 23 August 2012.