Commission proposes a comprehensive reform of the data protection rules
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.
- Press Release
- Press Conference with Vice President Reding: Commission proposes a comprehensive reform of EU data protection rules
Factsheets on data protection reform
- Why do we need an EU data protection reform?
- How does the data protection reform strengthen citizens' rights?
- How will the data protection reform affect social networks?
- How will the EU's data protection reform strengthen the internal market?
- How will the EU's data protection reform make international cooperation easier?
- How will the EU's data protection reform simplify the existing rules?
- How will the EU's data protection reform benefit European businesses?
- How will the EU's reform adapt data protection rules to new technological developments?
Public opinion surveys
- Attitudes on Data Protection and Electronic Identity in the European Union, June 2011 (Eurobarometer survey)
- Factsheets: Survey results by country
Commission Proposals on the data protection reform: legislative texts
- Report and annex
- Impact Assessment and Annexes , Annex 9
- Impact assesment Executive summary
- Public consultation
- EU data protection policy
- Mini website: Commission proposes new Data protection rules for the digital age
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