The EU (European Parliament) has cemented the strong support previously given at committee level to the European Commission’s data protection reform (MEMO/13/923 and MEMO/14/60) by voting in favour of reform.
The data protection reform will ensure more effective control of people over their personal data, and make it easier for businesses to operate and innovate in the EU’s Single Market.
The Commission’s proposals update and modernise the principles enshrined in the 1995 Data Protection Directive, bringing them into the digital age and building on the high level of data protection which has been in place in Europe since 1995.
The data protection reform will strengthen citizens’ rights and thereby help restore trust. Better data protection rules mean you can be more confident about how your personal data is treated, particularly online. The new rules will put citizens back in control of their data, notably through:
• A right to be forgotten
• Easier access to your own data
• Putting you in control
• Data protection first, not an afterthought
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