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EC satisfied with data privacy protection
Main targets of 1995 guidelines achieved

Brussels (pte032/19.05.2003/13:43) - The main goals of the EU data privacy protection guidelines from the year 1995 have been reached, according to a new report by the European Commission (EC).

The report has, however, found deficiencies in the implementation of the guidelines by member states, and proposes a working programme to reduce discrepancies in implementation and encourage cooperation between the member states and the EC. The data privacy protection guidelines will be reviewed again in 2005| .

The EU guidelines were designed to regulate the exchange of data within the European Union and at the same time secure data protection privacy. According to the EC, these targets have generally been achieved. "The citizens of Europe have a right to the protection of their privacy," said commissioner Frits Bolkestein. "And this report shows that the data protection guidelines have contributed to the enforcement of this right," said Bolkestein. At the same time, he said, the European economy cannot function well without data exchange.

In 1999 the EC took legal action against the member states France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands for not implementing the guidelines quickly enough. France still has yet to completely adapt its data privacy protection law from 1978.

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