EUROPEAN Union ministers have been asked to agree the final details of the powers and responsibilities of a European Data Protection Supervisor, who would control the release of the vast amounts of personal data held by the institutions of the EU. The European Commission has proposed that the new official should be based in Brussels and wants swift approval of its proposals, so it can advertise the job by November.

The supervisor would be charged with ensuring that the EU institutions follow European data protection directives, when ...

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