On May 12, 2009, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office published a study commissioned from RAND Europe, setting out the strengths and weaknesses of the European Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC). Amongst the Directive’s strengths, the Report lists: (a) the flexibility of the Directive’s application; (b) the Directive’s “technology-neutral” approach; (c) the role the Directive has played in harmonizing data protection rules across the EU; and (d) the provision of a good reference model to other countries. However, the Report notes the Directive’s failure to evolve alongside technological and regulatory developments, and formulates nine recommendations for stimulating a much-needed debate surrounding future developments on EU data protection law. Further comments on the Report are available here, and the full RAND Report here