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Modernizing EU Data Protection Laws

 In early 2012, the EU proposed a major overhaul of its 1995 data protection rules to adapt them to 21st century innovations in information and communications technologies. Negotiations on new legislation are advancing swiftly, and if all goes well, the EU plans to adopt a new law before the end of the year.


“European businesses need to take advantage of this new computing and information-sharing landscape and European consumers need to be able to navigate safely though the digital age,” says European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, in charge of Justice Affairs. “A uniform and modern data protection law for the European Union is exactly what we need to secure trust and generate growth in the digital single market.”

The EU goal is to implement strong, reliable rules and apply them consistently so that data processing is both safer and cheaper and users become confident that their personal data is protected. Confidence drives growth and by some estimates, EU GDP could increase by an additional 4 percent by 2020 once the EU has modernized its digital single market.

Learn more about the EU’s comprehensive data protection reform:

Read more on the EU’s comprehensive reform of its data protection laws in the op-ed in The Hill by Viviane Reding, European Commission Vice-President for Justice Affairs and Alan Shatter, Ireland’s Minister for Justice, Equality, and Defense.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 15:28