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Commission proposes a comprehensive reform of the data protection rules

25-01-2012

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.

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Factsheets on data protection reform

  • Why do we need an EU data protection reform? pdf (608 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
  • How does the data protection reform strengthen citizens' rights? pdf (578 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
  • How will the data protection reform affect social networks? pdf (567 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
  • How will the EU's data protection reform strengthen the internal market? pdf (562 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  
  • How will the EU's data protection reform make international cooperation easier? pdf (583 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
  • How will the EU's data protection reform simplify the existing rules? pdf (577 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
  • How will the EU's data protection reform benefit European businesses? pdf (567 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
  • How will the EU's reform adapt data protection rules to new technological developments? pdf (582 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

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