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24-06-2015

Remarks by Commissioner Jourová after the launch of the Data protection regulation trilogue

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European Commission - Statement Brussels, 24 June 2015 Ladies and Gentlemen, Today we send a strong message to tomorrow's European Council meeting on the Digital Single Market: We are on track to adopt the data protection reform in 2015.
24-06-2015

Data protection Eurobarometer out today

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25-06-2014

Factsheet: EU-US Negotiations on Data Protectionpdf(937 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

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Since 29 March 2011, the European Union has been negotiating with the United States government an international framework agreement (so-called ‘Data Protection Umbrella Agreement’) in order to protect personal data transferred between the EU and the U.S. for law enforcement purposes. This includes cases in which personal data is sent from the EU to the U.S. for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of criminal offences, including terrorism. This factsheet takes stock of the ongoing negotiations.

08-04-2014

Court of Justice upholds independence of data protection authorities in case against Hungary

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 8 April 2014 In a case brought by the European Commission, the European Court of Justice has today ruled (case C-288/12) that the abrupt termination the Hungarian Data Protection Commissioner’s term in office by the government constitutes an infringement of the independence of the Hungarian Data...
12-03-2014

Progress on EU data protection reform now irreversible following European Parliament vote

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The European Parliament has today given a strong endorsement to the Commission's data protection reform by voting largely in favour of the proposed Regulation and Directive. The support is an important signal of progress in the legislative procedure.

Factsheet - data protection plenary vote

12-03-2014

Progress on EU data protection reform now irreversible following European Parliament vote

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European Commission MEMO Strasbourg, 12 March 2013 The European Parliament today 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 plenary with 621 votes in favour, 10 against and 22 abstentions for the Regulation and 371 votes...
11-03-2014

Speech: Protecting EU citizens' data from mass surveillance

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European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech: European Parliament debate on the U.S. NSA surveillance programme, surveillance bodies and their impact on EU on EU citizens' fundamental rights and on transatlantic cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs Strasbourg, 11 March 2014...
28-01-2014

Speech: A data protection compact for Europe

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European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner A data protection compact for Europe CEPS/Brussels 28 January 2014 Main messages of the speech: On Safe Harbour: [W]e kicked the tyres and saw that repairs are needed. For Safe Harbour to be fully roadworthy the U.S.
27-01-2014

Data Protection Day 2014: Full Speed on EU Data Protection Reform

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Ahead of Data Protection Day on 28 January 2014, the Commission takes stock on progress made on the EU data protection reform exactly two years after the proposals were tabled. It also recalls the Commission's response to the latest surveillance revelations and developments in the U.S.. Vice-President Reding will deliver a key speech on data protection day, tomorrow at 11 CET at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) calling for "A new Data Protection Compact for Europe".

19-01-2014

Speech: The EU Data protection reform: helping businesses thrive in the digital economy

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European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech: DLD 2014/Munich, Germany 19 November 2014 Dear Mr Burda, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you very much. In the past years, you have given the Aenne Burda Award to inspiring and successful women, and I am very honoured...
10-12-2013

Speech - Mass surveillance is unacceptable – U.S. action to restore trust is needed now

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European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice Speech - Civil Liberties Committee hearing on Data Protection and U.S. Surveillance European Parliament/Strasbourg 9 December 2013 I would like first to congratulate this inquiry on its work since the NSA revelations this summer.
06-12-2013

Speech - Data Protection: Vice-President Reding's intervention in the Justice Council

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European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech - Justice Council /Brussels 6 December 2013 Introduction The European Union has the highest level of data protection in the world. European rules are already a global gold standard for the protection of personal data.
06-12-2013

Speech - Justice Council: We need a simple solution for citizens and business on data protection

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European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Justice Speech - Justice Press Conference at the Justice and Home Affairs Council /Brussels 6 December 2013 Today's Justice Council meeting can be easily summarised: It was a disappointing day for data protection but an excellent day for...
27-11-2013

European Commission calls on the U.S. to restore trust in EU-U.S. data flows

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Press Release Brussels, 27 November 2013 European Commission Today the European Commission has set out the actions that need to be taken to restore trust in data flows between the EU and the U.S., following deep concerns about revelations of large-scale U.S.
27-11-2013

Restoring Trust in EU-US data flows - Frequently Asked Questions

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 27 November 2013 What is the Commission presenting today? Today the European Commission has set out actions to be taken in order to restore trust in data flows between the EU and the U.S., following deep concerns about revelations of large-scale U.S.
22-10-2013

LIBE Committee vote backs new EU data protection rules

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 22 October 2013 The European Commission's data protection reform proposals (IP/12/46 and IP/13/57) were backed today by an overwhelming majority (49 votes in favour, 1 against and 3 abstentions) in the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament.
08-10-2013

Vice-President Reding's intervention at the Justice Council on the data protection reform and the one-stop shop principle

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European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice Vice-President Vice-President Justice Council/Luxembourg 8 October 2013 President Barroso stated in this year's State of the Union Address that it is of utmost importance to advance swiftly on the data protection reform package.
21-05-2013

Speech: The EU's Data Protection rules and Cyber Security Strategy: two sides of the same coin

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European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech: NATO Parliamentary Assembly/Luxembourg 19 May 2013 The Internet is the infrastructure of the modern age. It accounted for more than 20% of GDP growth in the world’s major economies over the last five years.
08-05-2013

EU Charter is making fundamental rights a reality for citizens

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European Commission Press release Brussels, 8 May 2013 Three years after it became legally binding, the impact of the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights is increasingly clear. It is becoming a point of reference not only for the EU institutions when drawing up legislation but also for the European...
26-03-2013

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding and Ronan Dunne of Telefónica stress importance of EU data protection reform

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 26 March 2013 In the margins of an event on the EU data protection reform, Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner will meet Ronan Dunne, CEO of Telefónica UK to discuss the importance of the Commission’s proposed reform of EU data protection rules (see IP/12/46...
19-03-2013

EU Data Protection: European Parliament's legal affairs committee backs uniform data protection rules

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 19 March 2013 The European Commission today welcomed the adoption of an opinion by the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) on the Commission’s proposal for a Data Protection Regulation reforming the EU’s data protection rules that date back to 1995 (see IP/12/46 and IP/13/57).
07-03-2013

German Minister for the Interior Hans-Peter Friedrich and EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding emphasise the importance of the EU General Data Protection Regulation for the digital sing...

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 7 March 2013 Today, at a joint working breakfast ahead of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, and, Hans-Peter Friedrich, the German Interior Minister, reaffirmed their shared objective of a reform of European data protection rules.
07-03-2013

Justice Council 8 March 2013

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 7 March 2013 Main agenda items: Reform of EU data protection rules Protecting the euro against counterfeiting through criminal law European Protection Order in civil matters Lunch debate on the European Justice Scoreboard 1.
07-03-2013

Speech: The EU's Data Protection reform: Decision-Time is Now

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European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission Speech: 2nd Annual Cloud Computing Conference/Brussels 7 March 2013 Main Messages of the Speech 1/ On timing: We are at the heart of the negotiations on the legislative proposals [on data protection]. The Irish Presidency is pushing the file forwards.
05-03-2013

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding and German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner see European data protection reform as ‘historic opportunity’

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 26 February 2013 The EU Justice Commissioner and Vice President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, and the German Federal Minister for Consumer Protection, Ilse Aigner, described the planned EU General Data Protection Regulation as a ‘historic opportunity’ to modernise existing data protection rules and bring them into the...
20-02-2013

EU Data Protection: European Parliament's Industry committee backs uniform data protection rules

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 20 February 2013 The European Commission today welcomed the adoption of an opinion by the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) on the Commission’s proposals to reform the EU’s data protection rules which date back to 1995 (see IP/12/46 and IP/13/57).
11-02-2013

EU Data Protection Reform: Major Telecoms Operators Support Push for Level-Playing Field

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 11 February 2013 Today, Vice-President Viviane Reding is meeting Luigi Gambardella, chairman of ETNO, who represents the leading telecommunications network operators in Europe to discuss the EU Data Protection rules proposed by the European Commission in January 2012 (see IP/12/46 and IP/13/57).
06-02-2013

The Proposed General Data Protection Regulation: The Consistency Mechanism Explained

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The main innovations of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation relate to the institutional system it creates rather than to the substance of data protection law. The consistency mechanism is at the heart of this system.

28-01-2013

European Data Protection Day 2013: Full speed ahead towards reliable and modern EU data protection laws

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Commission Press release Brussels, 28 January 2013 European One year ago, ahead of the European Data Protection Day 2012, the European Commission proposed a root and branch reform of the EU’s data protection rules to make them fit for the 21st century (IP/12/46).
28-01-2013

EU Data Protection Day 2013

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08-01-2013

Euronews episode: Careful what you click on!

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How to save the concept of internet privacy, without putting the brakes on new technology and services.

08-01-2013

Commission welcomes European Parliament rapporteurs' support for strong EU data protection rules

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European MEMO Brussels, 10 January 2013 Commission European Parliament rapporteurs today presented two draft reports on the reform of the EU's data protection rules proposed by the European Commission just a year ago (see IP/12/46 and MEMO/12/41).
07-12-2012

Myth-busting: what Commission proposals on data protection do and don't mean

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On 25 January 2012, the Commission presented its data protection reform proposal. It sparked an intense, vibrant, fascinating debate. Here's what the reform does and does not do. It's important not to get side-tracked.

07-12-2012

Dichtung und Wahrheit: Was bedeuten die Vorschläge der Kommission zum Datenschutz und was nicht?

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Am 25. Januar 2012 legte die Kommission ihren Vorschlag zur Datenschutzreform vor. Er löste eine intensive, lebendige und spannende Debatte aus. Im Folgenden erfahren Sie, was die Reform bewirkt und was nicht. Lassen Sie sich nicht in die Irre führen.

07-12-2012

Démythification: ce que les propositions de la Commission relatives à la protection des données impliquent et n’impliquent pas

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Le 25 janvier 2012, la Commission présentait sa proposition visant à réformer le régime de protection des données. Cette proposition a déclenché un débat vif, intense et passionnant. Voici ce qu’elle prévoit et ne prévoit pas. Il importe de ne pas se laisser désinformer.

07-12-2012

Myth-busting: what Commission proposals on data protection do and don't mean

Data protection

On 25 January 2012, the Commission presented its data protection reform proposal. It sparked an intense, vibrant, fascinating debate. Here's what the reform does and does not do. It's important not to get side-tracked.

04-12-2012

The overhaul of EU rules on data protection: making the single market work for business

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European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner 3rd Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference /Brussels 4 December 2012 Ladies and Gentlemen, 1995 was a long time ago. In terms of digital technologies, a different age. Since then, the internet has blossomed.
19-11-2012

Commission to renegotiate Council of Europe Data Protection Convention on behalf of EU

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European MEMO Brussels, 19 November 2012 Commission Today the Commission adopted a recommendation that will allow it to negotiate the modernisation of Convention 108, the Council of Europe's convention on data protection, on behalf of the European Union.
08-06-2012

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Today's Justice Council: A good day for citizens and a good day for growth! Justice Council press confere...

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European Commission MAIN MESSAGES OF THE SPEECH On Brussels I Today we achieved a breakthrough on the reform of the Brussels I regulation which abolishes the time-consuming and costly 'exequatur' procedure in civil and commercial cases.
03-05-2012

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Strong and independent data protection authorities: the bedrock of the EU's data protection reform Spring...

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Ladies and gentlemen, I am grateful for the opportunity to continue our discussion on the reform proposal on data protection. Since I last met many of you, in December at the last Working Party 29 meeting, the Commission adopted its proposals for a reform of the EU's data protection rules.
12-03-2012

Hungary: Commission continues accelerated infringement procedure on independence of the data protection supervisor and measures affecting the judiciary and asks additional information on ...

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European Commission - Press release Brussels, 7 March 2012 – The European Commission has today decided on further steps following Hungary’s reply to three letters of formal notice of 17 January (see IP/12/24) and their legal analysis.
12-03-2012

Hungary – infringements: Commission takes further legal steps on measures affecting the judiciary and the independence of the data protection authority, notes some progress on central b...

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Brussels, 7 March 2012 On 1 January, a new Constitution and a number of cardinal laws entered into force in Hungary. The European Commission immediately conducted a full legal analysis of the final versions of the new provisions and their compatibility with European Union Treaties and decided to launch three...
01-03-2012

Protecting your data, protecting you.

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70% of EU citizens are worried about the misuse of their personal data. That's why the EU is developing rules to strengthen your right to access, change or delete your data. And it's adding a 'Right to be Forgotten' online, letting you remove all your data from a website as soon as you want it gone. Because your personal data, it's you.

27-01-2012

Europe this week 27 January 2012

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27 January 2012 Table of content: Data Protection Safeguarding fundamental rights – Adapting EU data protection to the digital age to clear citizens' doubts about the cloud EU Decision-Making Countdown on the European Citizens' Initiative - Proactive policy proposals soon on the table Data Protection Safeguarding fundamental rights – Adapting...
27-01-2012

Data Protection Day: safeguarding privacy rights

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Davos, 27 January 2012 28 January is European Data Protection Day, a joint initiative by the European Commission and the Council of Europe to raise awareness of how people's personal information is dealt with and their rights to data protection.
25-01-2012

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25-01-2012

Commission proposes a comprehensive reform of the data protection rules

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Brussels, 25 January 2012 – The European Commission has today proposed a comprehensive reform of the EU's 1995 data protection rules to strengthen online privacy rights and boost Europe's digital economy. Technological progress and globalisation have profoundly changed the way our data is collected, accessed and used. In addition, the 27 EU Member States have implemented the 1995 rules differently, resulting in divergences in enforcement. A single law will do away with the current fragmentation and costly administrative burdens, leading to savings for businesses of around €2.3 billion a year. The initiative will help reinforce consumer confidence in online services, providing a much needed boost to growth, jobs and innovation in Europe.

24-01-2012

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner The EU Data Protection Reform 2012: Making Europe the Standard Setter for Modern Data Protection Rules in...

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Ladies and gentlemen, I am glad to be back at the DLD (Digital, Life, Design). Since its foundation in 2005, this one-of-a kind conference allows people from business, technology, media and politics to exchange dreams and experiences about the transformation of markets, culture and society through digital technologies and the...
29-11-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Building trust in the Digital Single Market: Reforming the EU’s data protection rules Conference organi...

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Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be with you today to discuss the reform of the European Union data protection laws and its impact on businesses. The collection and storage of personal information are now essential elements of almost all companies’ daily business – from insurance firms and banks...
06-07-2011

Statement by Vice-President Reding on the European Parliament's vote on the Voss report

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Brussels, 6 July 2011 The European Parliament approved a report by German Christian Democrat Axel Voss today that supports the Commission’s reform of the 1995 Data Protection Directive. The report states that people must be able to have their data easily deleted, corrected or blocked and be informed about any...
20-06-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Assuring data protection in the age of the internet BBA (British Bankers' Association) Data Protection an...

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Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be here at the British Bankers' Association's Data Protection and Privacy Conference to share with you my ideas on the upcoming data protection reform for Europe. The protection of personal data is one of the basic values for people in Europe, for the...
18-05-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner The reform of the EU Data Protection Directive: the impact on businesses European Business Summit Brussel...

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The growth of the internet economy brings tremendous economic benefits. This needs to be taken very much into account when the EU will start working on a new, modern and comprehensive framework for data protection across our continent later this year.
06-04-2011

European Data Protection Commissioners insist on the need for a comprehensive EU approach to data protection

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PRESS RELEASE Brussels, Wednesday 6 April 2011 On 5 April 2011, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and the Chairman of the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party(*) hosted the annual Spring Conference of European Data Protection Commissioners in Brussels, involving data protection authorities from EU and non-EU Member States,...
06-04-2011

Data Protection: European Commission requests Germany to ensure independence of data supervisory authority

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Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has acted today to ensure that the EU rules on the protection of personal data are respected in Germany. The Commission has formally requested Germany to comply with a judgment on 9 March 2010 by the EU's Court of Justice (C-518/07).
31-03-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Who pays for Data Protection? EPP Group Public Hearing Brussels, 31 March 2011

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Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you for inviting me to this debate on the very important question: "Who pays for Data Protection?" I am pleased to see that the European Parliament is taking a proactive approach to the data protection reform, which is my top legislative priority.
30-03-2011

EU-US Negotiations on an agreement to protect personal information exchanged in the context of fighting crime and terrorism

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Brussels, 29 March 2011 Today the European Union and the United States opened negotiations on an agreement to protect personal information exchanged in the context of fighting crime and terrorism. The negotiations will build on our longstanding, robust cooperation and agreements in this area.
28-01-2011

EU Data Protection Day 2011

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27-01-2011

Data Protection Day: guaranteeing individuals' privacy rights

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Brussels, 28 January 2011 Nowadays the exchange of information across the globe has become easier and faster. An individual’s personal data – email, photos and electronic agendas – may be created in the UK using software hosted in Germany; processed in India; stored in Poland and accessed in Spain by...
15-01-2011

European Commission's comprehensive approach

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When developing policy and legislation, the European Commission consults widely with EU citizens and stakeholders through public consultations.

06-12-2010

European Commission ready to start talks with US on personal data agreement to fight terrorism or crime

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Brussels, 3 December 2010 EU Justice Ministers today approved the start of talks between the European Union and the United States on a personal data protection agreement when cooperating to fight terrorism or crime. The European Commission adopted the draft mandate for negotiating such an agreement on 26 May 2010...
14-07-2010

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Towards a true Single Market of data protection Meeting of the Article...

Data protection
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very pleased to be here today to discuss privacy and personal data protection matters with the real experts, those who have the essential role of ensuring that European rules are complied with at national level. Protection of personal data is a fundamental right.
24-03-2010

European Commission prepares new negotiations with US on transfer of bank data for counter-terrorism purposes

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Brussels, 24 March 2010 The Commission today adopted a draft mandate for negotiating bank data transfers with the United States government under the Terrorist Financing Tracking Programme (TFTP). The Commission wants to complete an agreement this summer to limit gaps in security.
12-03-2010

Future EU-US international agreement

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When developing policy and legislation, the European Commission consults widely with EU citizens and stakeholders through public consultations.

29-01-2010

Viviane Reding Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media Privacy: the challenges ahead for the European Union Keynote Speech at the Data Protection D...

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SPEECH/ 10/16 Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to be with you today to celebrate the Data Protection Day. The growing number of events organised each year all over Europe to raise awareness and inform citizens of their privacy rights clearly demonstrates the usefulness of this Day.
28-01-2010

EU Data Protection Day 2010

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31-12-2009

Legal framework

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When developing policy and legislation, the European Commission consults widely with EU citizens and stakeholders through public consultations.

19-05-2009

"Personal data - more use, more protection?"

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In May 2009 the Commission organised a conference dedicated to personal data use and protection and to examining new challenges for privacy.

01-05-2009

Review of the data protection legal framework

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When developing policy and legislation, the European Commission consults widely with EU citizens and stakeholders through public consultations.

15-09-2002

Online Consultation for citizens' & controllers' views on the implementation

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When developing policy and legislation, the European Commission consults widely with EU citizens and stakeholders through public consultations.

05-06-2002

Consultation of EU countries and Data Protection Authorities on the implementing measures

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When developing policy and legislation, the European Commission consults widely with EU citizens and stakeholders through public consultations.

01-06-2002

Position papers from interested parties on the implementation

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When developing policy and legislation, the European Commission consults widely with EU citizens and stakeholders through public consultations.