EDPS calls for more protection for the Internal Market Information System

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) addressed a letter last week to the Internal Market and Services Directorate General of the Commission (DG MARKT), in which he explained the further progress needed on the issues raised in the Commission Report on the state of data protection in the Internal Market Information System (IMI).

IMI is an online application that allows Member States to cooperate with each other in order to improve the implementation of Internal Market legislation. This also involves recording and sharing of relevant personal data.

The EDPS welcomes the progress made thus far and encourages the Commission to implement further safeguards, using the principles of Privacy by design, and to continue cooperating, as necessary, with data protection authorities in Member States.

Importantly, the EDPS also calls on the Commission to adopt a new legal instrument in order to establish a more comprehensive data protection framework for IMI.

Taking into account the expected scale and complexity of the system, as well as the need to obtain some experience with the practical use of IMI, the EDPS was sensitive to the Commission’s preference for a step-by-step approach. Based on this approach, significant progress has been made. While the EDPS is pleased with the results so far, it will be inevitable for an important and complex European information system such as IMI, that a binding legislative instrument be adopted as a subsequent step, preferably under the ordinary legislative procedure. Work on the development of such an instrument should take into account the first experiences with IMI and should start as soon as possible.

The EDPS will also consider the need for a joint meeting with national - and, where relevant, sub-national - data protection authorities in due course, to look into issues that may arise in the context of supervision or further consultation with regard to IMI.

Background information

IMI is an online application that allows national, regional and local authorities in European Union Member States to communicate quickly and easily with their counterparts in other European countries. IMI helps users find the right authority to contact in another country and communicate with them using pre-translated sets of standard questions and answers. IMI is designed as a flexible system that can be used for many pieces of single market legislation. Currently, it covers the following directives: the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC) and the Services Directive (2006/123/EC).

Les commentaires sont fermés.