Government Technology

Europe Marks Data Protection Day

January 28, 2008 By

Photo: European Commission Vice President Franco Frattini

Franco Frattini, vice-president of the European Commission, today addressed the related subjects of data protection and data sharing.

"The 28th of January 2008 marks the second European Data Protection Day," said Frattini, who is responsible for justice, freedom and security. "An occasion where we once again acknowledge and highlight the importance to citizens of protection of their privacy, including, in particular, their personal data. The Internet, travel arrangements, health treatment, credit cards -- the protection of personal data is important on every step of our daily lives. Each year advances in technology allow for increases in data sharing, which can assist in improving the lives of citizens including enhancing their security. In line with this, it is our resolve to ensure the sharing of data is harnessed in conformity with rules and laws laid down to ensure respect for the confidence of personal data. We therefore take this opportunity to highlight to all data handlers, data controllers and data providers the importance to all of us of data protection."

Frattini said that following the inaugural data protection day last year, the EU began a survey of citizen views on the subject. "The very preliminary results indicate that just over a half of people interviewed (52 percent) considered that personal data in their country was properly protected while the majority of respondents (82 percent) thought that the level of people's awareness about personal data protection in their country was low."

Other results included:

  • Almost 75 percent of respondents said they were worried about leaving personal information on the Internet.
  • More than 50 percent of respondents said they trusted medical services and doctors, insurance companies, banks and financial institutions, employers, police, social security, tax authorities and local authorities when handling data.
  • More than 50 percent of respondents said they trusted market and opinion research companies, non-profit organisations, mail order companies, credit reference agencies, credit card agencies and travel companies.
  • Almost 75 percent of those questioned agreed to monitoring of telephone calls in certain circumstances or on certain conditions.
  • As far as credit card use is concerned, almost 70 percent agreed with monitoring in certain circumstances or on certain conditions.
  • Only 15 percent of respondents were against the monitoring of air traveller data in all cases.

"We will ensure these comments inform the work we are doing in this area this year," said Frattini. "It will also be a salutary lesson for all stakeholders involved in handling personal data and maintaining data protection."

| More


Add Your Comment

You are solely responsible for the content of your comments. We reserve the right to remove comments that are considered profane, vulgar, obscene, factually inaccurate, off-topic, or considered a personal attack.

In Our Library

White Papers | Exclusives Reports | Webinar Archives | Best Practices and Case Studies
Fresh Ideas In Online Security for Public Safety Organizations
Lesley Carhart, Senior Information Security Specialist at Motorola Solutions, knows that online and computer security are more challenging than ever. Personal smartphones, removable devices like USB storage drives, and social media have a significant impact on security. In “Fresh Ideas in Online Security for Public Safely Organizations,” Lesley provides recommendations to improve your online security against threats from social networks, removable devices, weak passwords and digital photos.
Meeting Constituents Where They Are With Dynamic, Real-Time Mobile Engagement
Leveraging the proven and open Kofax Mobile Capture Platform, organizations can rapidly integrate powerful mobile engagement solutions across the spectrum of mobile image capture, mobile data capture and complete mobile process integration. Kofax differentiates itself by extending capture to mobility, supporting multiple points of constituent engagement. Kofax solutions dynamically orchestrate the user’s mobile experience from a single platform—reducing time to market, improving process perf
Public Safety 2019
Motorola conducted an industry survey on the latest trends in public safety communications. The results provide an outlook of what technology is in store for your agency in the next five years. Download the results to gain this valuable insight.
View All

Featured Papers