Green MP Jean Lambert has welcomed the backing of MEPs from across the political spectrum for greater protection for personal data in an important Committee vote in the European Parliament.

Members of the European Parliament’s Home Affairs and Justice Committee yesterday backed the Greens on several key issues for the future of our privacy online.

Ms Lambert said the next step was a period of dialogue with governments around the EU on how and when the new rules would be implemented.

We agreed that there should be no transfer of personal data to non-EU governments – like the US – without new legislation,” she said.

In addition to new rights to have data erased, and a requirement that personal information can only be collected with consent of the person concerned, this will really give back control of their privacy to millions of computer users around the EU.”

Members of the committee also backed Green calls for bigger fines for firms that break the rules and flout customers’ rights, as well as a reduction in red-tape facing small businesses, and new rights for transparency in the industry so everyone can see what data is being held about them – and what they are using it for.

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