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U.S. Chamber of Commerce influence in European Parlement

Posted on February 12th, 2013 at 16:54 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment

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E.U. Data Protection Directive has many proposed amendments that MEPs cut and pasted directly from American right-wing lobbyists group and ALEC member the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (previously).

from the comments: If only I had standing to bring a copyright complaint against the MEPs involved. The irony would be delicious.

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Here, for example, is an important section on profiling. The original version reads:

Every natural person shall have the right not to be subject to a measure which produces legal effects concerning this natural person or significantly affects this natural person, and which is based solely on automated processing intended to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to this natural person or to analyse or predict in particular the natural person’s performance at work, economic situation, location, health, personal preferences, reliability or behaviour.

But the American Chamber of Commerce – that well-known European organisation – didn’t like that, and wanted it changed to this:

A data subject shall not be subject to a decision which is unfair or discriminatory, and which is based solely on automated processing intended to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to this data subject.

Which is rather different – it strips out an important right. So what text did the MEPs in no less than three committees propose? Why this:

A data subject shall not be subject to a decision which is unfair or discriminatory, and which is based solely on automated processing intended to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to this data subject.

Which just happens to be exactly the same as what the American Chamber of Commerce were demanding.

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