On April 4, 2012, the Chairman of Working Party 29 (a committee
of data protection authorities from European Union member states)
concern regarding the potential costs of the proposed European
Union privacy reforms.
In a letter to the Commissioner for Justice, Human Rights and
Citizenship, the Chairman of Working Party 29, wrote that it
"strongly suggests and in-depth assessment of the increased
costs". The Chairman wrote:
If the cost of providing [adequate human, technical and
financial resources, premises and infrastructure to data protection
authorities] exceeds the financial commitment that Member States
and the Commission are prepared to make, then priorities should be
set, with those duties that do not provide the best 'value for
money' in terms of privacy protection being scaled
More on the EU Proposals can be found in my January 2012
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