Daniel Hamilton and Dominique Lazanski

Following the entering into law of the Lisbon Treaty on 1st December 2009, the European Parliament gained key competences in the field of intellectual property and data protection laws - namely, Article 16(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Like any child with a new toy, MEPs have indicated that they are more than willing to play with these powers – to both affect legislative change and to demonstrate their worth as politicians to a European populous that grows more and more concerned with data security issues by the day.

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