§ Mrs. Anne Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what respect the Safe Harbour proposal on personal data transfers differs from the rules that will apply under the 1995 EC Data Protection Directive. 
§ Mr. George Howarth
Consistent with the Directive's requirement for "adequate" rather than "equivalent" protection in third countries, the draft "safe harbour" proposals do not reproduce all the Directive's detailed provision. However, they contain the key components of the data protection regime created by the Directive: provision for individuals to be informed; restrictions on the use and disclosure of individuals' data without consent; requirements for data security and data quality; individuals' rights of access and rectification and enforcement arrangements. The proposals are still under discussion.