Lobbies on dataprotection

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This page lists the different lobbies' s documents calling for an extensive definition of personal data, upon the adoption process of the European Commission's Proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation.

The indicated month is when the position has been sent to Members of the European Parliament.


Corporate associations

AmCham, January 2013


Svenska resebyråföreningen, January 2012


European Association of Search and Database Publishing


European Envelope Manufacturers Association, January 2013


International confederation for printing and allied industries, January 2013


Bitkom, January 2013


European Small Business Alliance and Association for Competetive Technology, January 2013

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Eurofinas,December 2012

Eurofinas is the representing lobby for consumer credit providers in Europe. In this document, it's suggesting amendments to the ITRE draft opinion. Those amendments aim at reviewing the definition of personal data and date subjects in an extensive way, allowing the companies to process, use and disseminate personal data freely, without any obligation to inform its consumers.

Insurance Europe, December 2012

Insurance Europe is the representing lobby for Insurance Federations in Europe. In its comments and definitions on the ITRE draft proposal, it's pushing for a limitation of consumer's right to access their data, in the name of business and competition.

Leaseurope, December 2012

Leaseurope is the representing lobby for car rental companies. On the pretext of heavy administrative changes for its members and in the name of business, it's supporting the less protective amendments for citizens, denying them the right to control their data.

EuroISPA, December 2012


Association of Consumer Credit Information Suppliers(ACCIS), December 2012

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EuroCat, December 2012


Insurance Europe, November 2012

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Digital Europe, November 2012

Digital Europe is the representing lobby for European digital technology industry. Among its members stand Apple, Microsoft, Nokia... (see last page of their document). Among the 64 amendments proposed by the organisation, modifications are made to water down obligations concerning data breaches notifications to the data subject.

European Banking Federation, November 2012

The European Banking Federation is the representing lobby for European banks. As most of the other lobbies, its proposed amendments aim at softening obligations concerning data breaches 24h notification, limitation of profiling and procedure of consent. All of these amendments go against citizens fundamental freedoms.

European Magazine Media Association and European Newspapers Publisher’s Association, November 2012

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Coordination Committee for the Medical Imaging, Electromedical Equipment and eHealth Industry, November 2012

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European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, November 2012


The German Federal Bar, November 2012


AmCham EU, October 2012

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BusinessEurope, October 2012


French Banking Federation, October 2012

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GSMA/ETNO, October 2012


Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain, October 2012


European Association of Search and Database Publishing, October 2012


Zentralverband der deutschen Werbewirtschaft, October 2012


Handelsverband Deutschland, October 2012


Insurance Europe, September 2012


EuroCommerce, September 2012


Luxembourg Business Federation, July 2012


The German Federal Bar, June 2012

The Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer welcomes the new legislation but wants to make sure that it doesn't interfere in their work. Lawyers collect clients' data as a part of their everyday work. The secrecy obligation must be given precedence over any data protection regulations. The state must not have access or regulate the lawyer-client communication. The German Federal Bar proposes a few ammednment changes which explicitly add lawyer-client scenarios to the exceptions where consent does not have to be confirmed, since the subject is very well aware of the data colleciton in such situations. It advocates that sectoral supervisory bodies should be allowed alongside or instead of territorial data protection control bodies. Lastly the Bunderechtsanwaltskammer want to add a sentence to Article 51: „The supervisory authority shall not be competent to supervise processing operations of courts acting in their judicial capacity” should according to the document be supplemented by „The same shall apply to the activities of lawyers”.

Digital Europe, March 2012

Digital Europe is the lobbying association of European technology producers. In their position paper (Note: see also their proposed ammendments further above.) they claim to welcome strong water protection but advocate less paperwork and hence less regulation. Some of their main points include that privace by design creates unnecessary bureaucratic costs, that the 24 hour data breach notification is similarly too costly to achieve and that administrative sanction create uncertainty and thus harm the industry. Further Digital Europe thnks that the proposed definiton of personal data is too broad and that explicit consent is in many cases non-essential and even a big obstacle. The Commission and the DPA should not be granted any extra powers.


EU companies

Telefonica, December 2012

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British Telecom, December 2012

British Telecom

Nokia, November 2012

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US Companies

eBay, January 2013


Facebook, March 2012

Facebook, Irish Government

Facebook, January 2013


eBay, December 2012


eBay, November 2012


Amazon, November 2012


Opower, October 2012

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Source: https://dataskydd.net/lobbydokument-i-parlamentet-om-dataskydd/ (Swedish)