EU: EDPS criticises proposed regulation on European statistics
The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued, on September 6, 2023, its opinion on the European Commission's Proposal for a Regulation on European Statistics, which aims at making the legal framework governing European statistics fit for the future and improving the responsiveness of the European Statistical System to data needs. While welcoming the objectives of the proposed regulation, the opinion highlights the EDPS' serious concerns regarding the indication that information relating to specific persons might be obtained from any source, including digital traces relating to specific persons held by private data holders. The opinion points out that the collection of personal data from such sources may not be necessary and proportionate to the aims pursued, having regard to the potential risks to the rights and freedoms of data subjects.
As such, the opinion urges to clarify in the proposed regulation that only non-personal, i.e., anonymized, data would be requested from the private data holders by national statistical institutes or the Eurostat.
You can read the opinion here.