The Art. 29 Working Party (hereinafter "Art. 29 WP") is an influential body comprised of representatives from the Member State Data Protection Authorities2established under the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, has recently issued an opinion with the Working Party on Police and Justice. This is quite significant, since the opinion sets out some of the issues that will need to be addressed in the lead up to the revision of the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.3This comes at a time, when there have been discussions on the current application of the European Data Protection Directive to the internet,4(such as social networking) and the recent European Commission's consultation on the legal framework for the fundamental right to protection of personal data. Not least, there have been a number of cases brought before the European Court of Justice dealing with the partial implementation of the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.5The aim of this paper is to consider in detail the issues set out by the Art. 29 WP and the likely challenges in revising the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. © 2011 Rebecca Wong. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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