The European Commission has collected together information about its proposed reforms of the EU Data Protection Rules, including the press release of 21 January, the press conference with Vice President Viviane Reding of the same date, and a number of fact sheets, surveys, legislative texts and other information.
For those who like their source material raw, this is the place to look.
Vice President Reding has followed that up with an article on CNN called How Europe is Dealing with Online Privacy. Call me cynical, but if her “one-stop shop for businesses to deal with regulators”, and the employment of Eurocrats to run it, results in the promised reduction of administrative burdens and a saving of €2.3 billion a year for businesses then I will eat my proverbial hat.
Claims to cut red tape made by politicians invariably result in the opposite once the soundbites have faded. EU civil servants, like their UK counterparts, are adept at maximising the job opportunities (for them, that is) whilst increasing the burdens for businesses which they do not understand, generally whilst failing to give the consumer or the individual the protection which was the excuse for the regulation in the first place.
There is no obvious reason why these initiatives should be any different, and in passing on these links, I am merely a messenger.