INFORMATION AND INTELLIGENCE: SIMPLIFYING
THE EXCHANGE BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES (13563/05)
Letter from the Chairman to Paul Goggins
MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office
Thank you for your letter of 11 January 2006
in reply to mine of 30 November. You will know that I had also
written to you on 15 December, but I understand that this letter,
reiterating some of my earlier points, did not reach you until
Sub-Committee F (Home Affairs) of the House
of Lords Select Committee on the European Union considered your
letter at a meeting on 1 March.
We are grateful for your full reply. Since the
general approach of this Framework Decision was agreed at the
JHA Council on 1-2 December, I can only put on record that we
still believe that the scope of the Decision is too wide, both
as to the breadth of the offences it covers and the persons to
whom it applies.
In particular, we remain unhappy about the data
protection provisions. We do not believe that the amendments to
article 9, to which you refer, will in any way safeguard information
sent by a country which, like the UK, has relatively stringent
data protection laws, to another country which does not.
I copied to you my letter to the Information
Commissioner of 15 December in which I sought his views on this
and other matters. I look forward to receiving his views.
1 March 2006
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