Reading suggestion #20: Swedish Ministry of Justice says the EU data bill threatens transparency

Sweden’s ministry of justice says the EU’s draft data protection law could upset the delicate balance between transparency and privacy in its own national law on access to documents.

“With a regulation there is a need to make it perfectly clear that member states may keep their national rules on access to documents,” said David Torngren, an official at Sweden’s ministry of justice, in an email on Tuesday (19 March).

Torngren described the right of access to official documents as a cornerstone of the Swedish constitution for the past 250 years.

Torngren’s concern stems from a vague one-line description of access to public documents buried near the bottom of the commission’s draft bill. The sentence notes that the regulation “allows the principle of public access to official documents to be taken into account.”

Nikolaj Nielsen’s article on EU Observer (21 March 2013) here.

New data rules will collide with fundamental rights, Commission admits, in Wobbing Europe (26 January 2013).

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