The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued today an opinion on a Commission proposal to merge the driving licence of professional drivers with their driver card. The integration of two totally different functionalities in one single card, which would record a wide range of data about professional drivers including their activities and whereabouts, would have a significant impact on the fundamental right to the protection of personal data.
Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant EDPS, states: "We seriously doubt about the necessity and the proportionality of such a measure, which has yet to be demonstrated. A consistent approach is needed from the legislator to ensure that the development of any measures concerning drivers’ data is done in full respect of data protection principles".
The EDPS encourages the Commission to consider the risks associated with the processing of personal data in interconnected intelligent transport systems. He also particularly emphasises the need to conduct a privacy and security impact assessment before the merging of the driver cards with driving licences could take place. He further recommends to:
The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is an independent supervisory authority devoted to protecting personal data and privacy and promoting good practice in the EU institutions and bodies. He does so by: