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Tuesday, 11th March 2014

Access to Data Protection Remedies in EU Member States

Source: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

From Executive Summary:

This FRA report encompasses legal and social fieldwork research on European Union (EU) Member States’ remedies in the area of data protection. By offering an EU‐wide legal comparative analysis of data protection remedies, it gives an insight into the availability of remedies in each EU Member State. It also shows the challenges people encounter when seeking remedies following a data protection violation in a selected number of Member States.

This research aims to provide evidence on the use and application of data protection remedies in the EU Member States studied; to identify the main challenges faced by different actors; and to identify possible improvement in access to data protection remedies.

The report focuses on two fundamental rights guaranteed by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union: the right to the protection of personal data (Article 8) and the right to an effective remedy before a tribunal (Article 47). These two fundamental rights should be analysed together because the right to an effective remedy cannot be dissociated from the need to effectively enforce all fundamental rights, including the protection of personal data.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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