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Council discusses data protection reform

At the Justice and Home Affairs Council, on 4 and 5 December 2014, ministers reached a partial general approach on the proposed data protection regulation.

The partial general approach covers articles crucial to the question of the public sector. It also comprises provisions relating to specific data processing situations (Chapter IX).

In addition, ministers held a debate on the “one stop shop” mechanism, on the basis of a proposal presented by the Presidency. This proposal tried to keep the principle of a single supervisory decision for important transnational cases, while also taking into consideration the need to enhance proximity between the individuals and the decision-making authority. A majority of ministers endorsed the general architecture of the proposal and concluded that further technical work would be needed on the basis of these elements.

The presidency also briefed the Council on the state of play of the directive on protecting individuals with regards to the processing of personal data for the purpose of law enforcement.