EU Council deals killer blow to privacy reforms » The Privacy Surgeon: "Council’s proposals will put the onus on industry to police itself, except in limited circumstances. The role of the Commission will be all but eliminated, national regulators will have less discretion to take action and – crucially – the rights of data subjects will be reduced.
From a prescriptive framework to a risk based approach. This means that instead of being required to follow a set of harmonised procedures and safeguards to protect information, data controllers can decide for themselves what constitutes a risk, and merely show that they have taken some steps to mitigate that risk. This will include the development of self regulating codes of conduct.
Exemption for social networking. All social networking and online activities conducted by individuals will be exempt from the regulation, meaning that a vast regulatory black hole will open up across online information flows." 'via Blog this'