On Wednesday 12th of March the European Parliament voted on the draft Data Protection Regulation and Directive in a major overhaul of the EU's data protection legislation.
Open data and protection of personal data: consultation by CNIL (French national Data Protection Authority)
The French national data protection authority decided to expand its consultation with an online questionnaire intended for all stakeholders in open data en anyone involved with the reuse of public sector data.
Actors involved in both the implementation of a platform or open data policy, as well as those involved in the production or management of public information, as well as possible re-users are invited to contribute and share with CNIL their experience.
German Government attempts to block dissemination of documents obtained using Freedom of Information Law
The German Federal Ministry of the Interior has sent a cease and desist order to the Freedom of Information (FOI) portal FragDenStaat.de for publishing a document received under the German federal FOI law. The document is an opinion about a German Federal Constitutional Court judgement that had declared the 5% minimum share of votes for political parties to take seats in the European elections as unconstitutional. The opinion concludes that setting any such quota would be unconstitutional according to the ruling.