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Lithuania Justice Minister is against EC plans of data inspectors for big companies

Danuta Pavilenene, BC, Vilnius, 24.07.2012.Print version
Lithuanian Justice Minister Remigijus Simasius opposed the idea of the European Commission (EC), according to which every large company with over 250 employees would have to introduce a position of data protection inspector.

Such plans were deliberated on Tuesday in the informal council of the European justice and interior affairs ministers, reports LETA/ELTA.


Lithuanian justice minister pointed out that such obligation would impose a disproportionate burden on business. Therefore, according to him, a better balanced decision is needed when it comes to attempts of ensuring personal data protection.


Minister Simasius says that the regulation could obligate a company to assign the task of ensuring data protection to one of the current employees without creating a new job. The Lithuanian minister argues that this would allow keeping balance between proper personal data protection and reducing administrative burden.


Simasius stressed that this principle should be applied both to private and public sector on equal terms.


EC has estimated that the new duty of establishing a new position across the private sector of the EU could cost around EUR 320 million.

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