The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) has adopted a non-binding opinion on the European Commission’s proposed draft for a new data protection Regulation (Data Protection Regulation) to replace the current EU Data Protection Directive.

JURI supports the general architecture and fundamentals of the draft Data Protection Regulation including:

  • Theright to be forgotten”: this would oblige companies (such as social networks or online retailers) to delete personal data on request. However, in JURI’s view this right should not apply to data processed for healthcare purposes as it is important to retain complete health records in order to ensure the best care and treatment.
  • Explicit consent: JURI supports the Commission’s proposal to require a person’s explicit consent to the use of their data before that data is collected.
  • Ban on profiling: “profiling” is a practice that allows personal data online to be monitored and matched in order to analyse or predict a person’s behaviour. JURI does not think this should be allowed on the basis of ethnic, religious or sexual orientation criteria.

JURI was the fourth and last committee to adopt a non-binding opinion before the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) votes on the draft Regulation at its meeting of 29-30 May 2013.

Link to the JURI press release: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-%2f%2fEP%2f%2fTEXT%2bIM-PRESS%2b20130318IPR06658%2b0%2bDOC%2bXML%2bV0%2f%2fEN&language=EN