Jan Philipp Albrecht

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Jan Philipp Albrecht
Jan Philipp Albrecht, 2010 in Berlin
Member of the European Parliament
for Germany
Assumed office
14 July 2009
Personal details
Born (1982-12-20) 20 December 1982 (age 32)
Braunschweig, Germany
Nationality German
Political party  German:
Alliance '90/The Greens
The Greens–European Free Alliance
Residence Hamburg, Germany
Alma mater Humboldt-University, Berlin
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer
Website http://www.janalbrecht.eu

Jan Philipp Albrecht (born 20 December 1982) is a Franco-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[edit]

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.

Political career[edit]

Albrecht was Spokesman of the Green Youth in Germany from 2006 to 2008. He joined the German Green Party in 1999 and held different posts on local, regional and federal level. He led working groups and did political campaigns especially in the field of civil liberties, legal affairs and constititional issues. As in his home town a nuclear waste storage already collapsed since the late 1980s, Albrecht became an anti nuclear activists very early and took part in demonstrations against the transports of nuclear waste in his region. He later explained that these experiences provoked his engagement on civil liberties and democracy, in particular with regards to new technologies. His engagement in data protection and other issues of civil rights in the digital age became determining for his political career.

Member of the European Parliament, 2009–present[edit]

In the 2009 elections, Albrecht was elected for the Greens to the European Parliament. He became a member of the LIBE committee and substitute member of the JURI committee (2009-2014) and later on of the IMCO committee (since 2014) in the European Parliament. He works especially on home affairs, data protection and police and justice cooperation and represents the region of Northern Germany. Albrecht is also a member of the Delegation of the European Parliament to Israel.

Since his reelection in 2014, which was supported by his party by a historical high nomination result of 97,38 %, Albrecht is Vice Chair of the LIBE committee and led an important delegation of the European Parliament to the U.S. Congress in spring 2015 on the issue of Mass surveillance, privacy and data protection.

Political positions[edit]

On privacy and data protection[edit]

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.[1] 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).[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] Albrecht is also leading the negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers on the adoption of the regulation.

Albrecht has filed an amicus brief supporting Microsoft in Microsoft Corporation v. United States of America.[5]

Albrecht is rapporteur of the LIBE committee on the envisaged trade deals TTIP and TiSA where he demands a horizontal clause to except privacy and data protection rules on the basis of Article IVX of the GATS treaty. He is also rapporteur for the EU-US umbrella agreement on data protection in the area of law enforcement cooperation.[6]

On mass surveillance[edit]

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.[7]

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