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EU Privacy Law

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The privacy laws of the European Union follow a comprehensive approach, meaning the laws cover both public and private sectors.

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Information Privacy Principles

The EU follows the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data[1]. These guidelines are based on fair information practices.The OECD information privacy principles[2] include:

  • Principle 1: Collection Limitation
  • Principle 2: Data Quality
  • Principle 3: Purpose Specification
  • Principle 4: Use Limitation
  • Principle 5: Security Safeguards
  • Principle 6: Openness
  • Principle 7: Individual Participation
  • Principle 8: Accountability

Cross-Border Data Transfer

European Union

Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Ireland

Italy

Latvia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Netherlands

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

United Kingdom

References

  1. http://www.oecd.org/document/18/0,3343,en_2649_34255_1815186_1_1_1_1,00.html
  2. http://www.oecd.org/document/18/0,3343,en_2649_34255_1815186_1_1_1_1,00.html#part2
  3. http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/eu/eg_main_018365.asp
  4. http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/swiss/eg_main_018498.asp
  5. http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/fsj/privacy/workinggroup/consultations/binding-rules_en.htm
  6. http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:31995L0046:EN:HTML

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