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IT security professionals object to EU proposals

Filed under: IT Security — Jonathan on February 10, 2012

Proposed data protection legislation has met with opposition in the EU. The new data protection rules suggest that legislation from 1995 be reviewed to tighten up on online security and support the digital market across Europe. In a statement Viviane Reding, the EU Justice Commissioner announced:

“A single law will do away with the current fragmentation and costly administrative burdens, leading to savings for businesses of around €2.3 billion a year. The initiative will help reinforce consumer confidence in online services, providing a much needed boost to growth, jobs and innovation in Europe.”

She went on to say that savings could be made by coordinating privacy legislation across the 27 countries. Companies would have one national authority supervising the new rules in a country where most of their business takes place. For those in information security jobs there will be new processes for companies that experience a data breach. The national supervisory authority will need to be informed quickly. Significant fines of 2% of a business’s global revenue could also be enforced making risk management jobs central to company security.

Consumers on the other hand would benefit greatly from the new proposal. Data would be more readily accessible to them and transfers of data between service providers would be easier. Consumers could also request that their data be removed.
Although some in IT security jobs feel that empowering consumers is positive the general consensus is that the new rules would be ineffective. If you are looking for information risk management jobs then keeping abreast of development in EU legislation will be an advantage.

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