Jan Philipp Albrecht
|Jan Philipp Albrecht|
|Jan Philipp Albrecht, 2010 in Berlin|
|Member of the European Parliament
14 July 2009
December 20, 1982 |
|Political party||Alliance '90/The Greens / Greens–EFA|
|Alma mater||Humboldt-University, Berlin|
Jan Philipp Albrecht (born December 20, 1982 in Braunschweig) is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament from the Alliance '90/The Greens. He is specialized in the field of civil rights, data protection and democracy.
He is member of the LIBE committee and substitute member of the JURI committee in the European Parliament and works especially on home affairs, data protection and police & justice cooperation. Furthermore he is member of the Delegation of the EP to Israel.
Albrecht aims to strengthen civil liberties in the digital age. He is well known for his expertise in privacy and data protection laws and is the rapporteur of the European Parliament for the EU's General Data Protection Regulation as well as for the EU-US data protection framework agreement. Albrecht has also been active in the decision-making process of the so-called SWIFT-agreement in the European Parliament, which meant to give US authorities access to European bank data transferred via SWIFT for their terrorist finance tracking program (TFTP). He is generally opposed to the lowering of judicial standards in the protection of fundamental rights for the purpose of security means or law enforcement. Since the revelations by Edward Snowden Albrecht is pressing for reactions by governments and parliaments on the mass surveillance of citizens. On his request the European parliament started the investigations on the intelligens programs Prism and Tempora in Summer 2013.
In October 2013 Albrecht's proposal for the EU's General Data Protection Regulation has been adopted by the European Parliaments LIBE committee with a broad majority of all political groups. Since then Albrecht has become worldwide attention for his engagement on privacy and data protection standards. Albrecht is also leading the upcoming negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers on the adoption of the regulation. He is intending to vote on the final bill before the next European elections in May 2014.
- Data protection: Jan Philipp Albrecht, The Parliament (12.10.2012)
- European Parliament Wields a Wider Influence, New York Times (4.03.2010)
- E.U. Pushes for Stricter Data Protection After Snowden’s NSA Revelations, Time Magazine (21.10.2013)