On 19 June 2015, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party published an opinion on the draft Regulation in view of the “trilogue” discussions which have recently commenced between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Council. If agreed, the Regulation would introduce a new single data protection law for the whole of the EU.
In their published opinion, the Working Party expressed the need for the Regulation to maintain the same level of protections currently provided by the Data Protection Directive and to ensure that its core principles and rights are not undermined. The Working Party cautioned against the dilution of the purpose limitation principle and called for a reassessment of the powers and resources of data protection authorities.
The Working Party suggests that personal data should be defined in a broad manner in line with technological evolution in order to ensure that the general objective of maintaining a high-level of protection of personal data is upheld. The Working Party also suggests that the definition of personal data should therefore take into account the situation in which people can be “singled out” on the basis of identifiers or other information.