The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) published - on 31 July 2012 - its Opinion on the data protection reform proposed by the EU Commission in January 2012. Although the EESC welcomed the general direction taken by the Commission and agreed in principle with the objectives of the proposal, the EESC had a number of recommendations to improve the proposed regulation. The EESC also called on the Commission to amend certain aspects of the proposal that it deems 'unacceptable', such as children's data protection, the right to object, profiling, certain restrictions to the rights granted, the threshold of 250 employees for the appointment of a Data Protection Officer (DPO) and the way in which the 'one-stop shop' is organised.
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