European Data Protection Directive

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Running head: European Data Protection Directive
European Data Protection Directive
Piera Hosinski
SECURE MANAGEMENT ( MGT 580 Winter 2012)
Instructor: Christopher Sobota

“The Data Protection Directive (officially Directive 95/46/EC on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data) is a European Union directive which regulates the processing of personal data within the European Union. It is an important component of EU privacy and human rights law.”(Wikipedia, 2012) The right to privacy is highly developed in Europe. The data protection directive provides a right to respect for one's "private and family life, his home and his correspondence," and is subject to certain restrictions.

1) Why on earth does Europe have such strict data protection laws? There are many laws as to why Europe is so strict on data protection but many countries are adopting the laws for three reasons. a.) To remedy past injustices. Many countries especially in Central Europe, South America and South Africa are adopting laws to remedy privacy violations that occurred under previous regimes. b.) To promote electronic commerce. Many countries, especially in Asia, but also Canada, have developed or are currently developing laws in an effort to promote electronic commerce. They recognize that consumers are uneasy with their data personal information being sent out electronically worldwide. Privacy laws are being introduced as part of a package of laws intended to facilitate electronic commerce by setting up uniform rules.(Privacy International) c.) To ensure laws are consistent with Pan-European laws. Most countries in Central and Eastern Europe are adopting new laws based on the Council of Europe Convention and the European Union Data Protection Directive.(Privacy International) In Europe privacy laws are different the US, here in the states our privacy is slowly slipping away from us. In...
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