Digital privacy protection regulation needs improvement, Minister of Transport tells EU telecoms Council

“Despite the progress already made in the Council, the Regulation on privacy and the protection of personal data in electronic communications still needs some further processing to ensure the necessary legal certainty so as to start negotiations as soon as possible between the co-legislators, “the Minister of Transport, Communications and Public Works, Vassiliki Anastasiades, said during her intervention to the Telecommunications Council in Brussels.

Anastasides said that the regulation, which is a continuation and complement of the GDPR, “should safeguard the fundamental rights relating to confidentiality in citizens communications and the protection of their personal data while safeguarding competitiveness and innovation in the European Union”.

The Minister congratulated the Austrian Presidency on the timely conclusion of the work, and made special mention on “including important provisions such as the financial support of the Member States in relation to the implementation of the Directives provision of re-use of data Public Sector”.

Finally, it is noted that the EU 28 adopted a “Digital Europe Program” regulation, which is part of the Multiannual Financial Framework for the years 2021-2027, with a proposed budget of Euros 9.2 billion and includes provisions for Computers, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber-security, Digital Skills Development and the Digital Transformation of the Public Sector and Enterprise, including the establishment of the European Digital Innovation Centers.

On the sidelines of the Council, the Minister co-signed the Joint Declaration of MED7, the group of seven southern EU Member States (France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Malta and Cyprus) to develop cooperation on distributed technologies accounts, known as blockchain.

Source: Cyprus News Agency