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) 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.
Early life and education
Albrecht was born in Braunschweig. He studied law in Bremen, Brussels and Berlin and worked for the Walter-Hallstein Institut in Berlin. He graduated in information and communications technology law from the Universities of Hanover and Oslo.
Albrecht was Spokesman of the Green Youth in Germany from 2006 to 2008.
Member of the European Parliament
In 2009, Albrecht was elected for the Greens to the European Parliament. He is a 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 and justice cooperation. He is also a member of the Delegation of the European Parliament to Israel.
On privacy and data protection
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 was intended to give US authorities access to European bank data transferred via SWIFT for their terrorist finance tracking program (TFTP).
Albrecht is generally opposed to the lowering of judicial standards in the protection of fundamental rights for the purpose of security or law enforcement. In January 2013, Albrecht introduced a bill proposing to create a new agency to enforce a series of measures giving Internet users greater control of their online information. If approved, the proposal would have replaced the Article 29 Working Party, an advisory panel to the European Commission, with a regulator with the power to make decisions for the EU member states and levy fines of up to 2 percent of a company’s revenue.
In October 2013 Albrecht's proposal for the EU's General Data Protection Regulation was adopted by the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs with a broad majority of all political groups. Since then Albrecht has drawn worldwide attention for his engagement on privacy and data protection standards. Albrecht is also leading the negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers on the adoption of the regulation.
On mass surveillance
Since the revelations by Edward Snowden, Albrecht has pressed for a response by governments and parliaments on the mass surveillance of citizens. On his request, the European Parliament began investigations on the intelligence programs Prism and Tempora in summer 2013. In December 2013, Albrecht arranged with Snowden’s lawyers for the international fugitive to give testimony through a pre-recorded video, responding to question submitted in advance by MEPs.
- Data protection: Jan Philipp Albrecht, The Parliament (12.10.2012)
- European Parliament Wields a Wider Influence, New York Times (4.03.2010)
- Kevin J. O’Brien (January 9, 2013), Europe to Consider Creating Data Protection Regulator New York Times.
- E.U. Pushes for Stricter Data Protection After Snowden’s NSA Revelations, Time Magazine (21.10.2013)
- Dave Keating (December 9, 2013), Snowden to testify to European Parliament European Voice.