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24/01/2012 - Data Protection Day 2012: Safeguarding online privacy rights through modern data protection rules

The European Commission on Wednesday proposed a comprehensive reform of the EU's data protection rules. People in the EU have a right to personal data protection through the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Protecting this right is increasingly important as we leave digital traces with every move we make. The reform of today’s outdated legislation will safeguard online privacy rights and help boost Europe's digital economy.


17/01/2012 - European Commission launches accelerated infringement proceedings against Hungary

The European Commission has today started legal action against Hungary over new legislation that came into force on 1 January 2012. The infringement proceedings concern the following three areas: the independence of the judiciary as regards mandatory early retirement of judges and prosecutors at the age of 62 instead of 70; the independence of the national data protection authority; the independence of the national central bank.