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Data protection final agreement: Questions and answers


On 15 December, the three European institutions agreed a historic reform of data protection rules, establishing a modern and harmonised data protection framework across the EU. The Parliament's Civil Liberties committee and the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) of the Council approved the agreement with very large majorities. The agreement was welcomed by the European Council of 17-18 December as a major step forward in the implementation of the Digital Single Market Strategy. The European Commission put forward its EU Data Protection Reform in January 2012 to make Europe fit for the digital age, as more than 90% of Europeans say they want the same data protection rights across the EU – and regardless of where their data is processed. The reform is an essential step to strengthen citizens' fundamental rights in the digital age and facilitate business by simplifying rules for companies in the Digital Single Market.

A new questions & answers document, as well as a press release published on 15 December, explain the main benefits of the reform both for citizens and businesses