Data Protection: The force awakens
Definitive boost to the General Data Protection Regulation
According to a press release by the European Commission, following three years of strenuous and complex negotiations between the three institutions involved—namely the European Commission, Parliament and Council (the so-called ‘trialogue’ meetings)—a unanimous agreement was finally reached on Tuesday December 15, 2015 regarding the text of what is set to become the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
This extremely important news confirms the determination of the EU institutions (announced throughout this year), to come up with a definitive text for data protection reform before the end of 2015.
Under European legislative procedure certain formalities must now be implemented, but it would appear that with the support of the institutions, the final, definitive text will in all probability be published in the Official Journal of the European Communities in the first quarter of 2016.
The new General Data Protection Regulation will introduce many changes in our day-to-day activities which we will analyze in forthcoming entries of this blog. However, the main thing at this stage is that we now have a single text on data protection and privacy which is likely to become -without any changes or only a few minor tweaks- directly applicable in the entire European Union within two years from its publication.
In these times in which the use and processing of personal data increasingly and relentlessly affects all social and economic areas, the arrival of a regulation such as this is a fundamental event that needs to be voiced.
Garrigues Technology & Outsourcing Department