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New EU Regulation on Personal Data

New step in strengthening citizens’ fundamental rights in the digital age

After over four years of discussion, the new EU data protection framework has finally been adopted under the name of Regulation – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It will not apply until May 25, 2018.

The GDPR will replace the current Directive and will be directly applicable in all Member States without the need for implementing national legislation.

The Regulation is an essential step to strengthen citizens’ fundamental rights in the digital age and facilitate business by simplifying rules for companies in the Digital Single Market. A single law will also do away with the current fragmentation and costly administrative burdens, leading to savings for businesses of around €2.3 billion a year. The Directive for the police and criminal justice sector protects citizens’ fundamental right to data protection whenever criminal law enforcement authorities use personal data.

It will, in particular, ensure that the personal data of victims, witnesses and crime suspects is duly protected and will facilitate cross-border cooperation in the fight against crime and terrorism.

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