The EDPS reminds the importance of the respect of private life in the fight for more and more security - 17 December 2010

On 17 December 2010, the EDPS issued an opinion on the Commission’s communication on the EU’s Internal Security Strategy which aims at targeting the most urgent security threats facing Europe, such as organised crime, terrorism, cybercrime, the management of EU external borders and civil disasters.

The opinion emphasizes that, in view of the potentially privacy intrusive nature of measures to be taken under the Strategy, a right balance needs to be ensured between the objective of ensuring citizens’ safety and the effective protection of their privacy and personal data. The EDPS regrets that, although the communication refers to privacy and data protection as fundamental rights, the Commission does not explain how this will be ensured in practice.

Download the opinion and the press release.

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