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European Data Protection Day 2017

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Tomorrow, 28 January marks European Data Protection Day. Data protection is a fundamental right in the European Union; it is part of the European DNA and deserves the highest protection standards.

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Commission proposes to update data protection rules for EU institutions and sets out a strategy to facilitate international data exchanges

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Today the Commission proposes a Regulation for Data Protection in Union Institutions and Bodies. The Regulation would update the data protection rules applicable to the EU institutions and bodies, so that they are in line with the General Data Protection Regulation. Anyone, whose personal data is handled by European institutions or their agencies, would benefit from higher data protection standards.

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Commissioner Jourová's remarks at the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield press point

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European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Brussels, 12 July 2016 Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very pleased to announce that this morning the European Commission has adopted the decision on the EU-US Privacy Shield, the new data protection framework for transatlantic transfers of personal data.

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Signing of the "Umbrella" Agreement: A major step forward in EU-U.S. relations

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Today, the EU and U.S. have signed the "Umbrella" agreement, representing a major step forward in EU-U.S. relations. The agreement sets high standards for the protection of personal data transferred by law-enforcement authorities. It also strengthens legal certainty and enhances the rights of citizens which in turn will facilitate EU-U.S. cooperation to combat crime, including terrorism. The EU and the United States are committed to work together in the implementation of this agreement to ensure that it benefits both citizens and law enforcement cooperation. The next step will be to seek approval by the European Parliament.

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EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: stronger protection for transatlantic data flows

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On 12 July, the European Commission adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. This new framework protects the fundamental rights of anyone in the EU whose personal data is transferred to the United States as well as bringing legal clarity for businesses relying on transatlantic data transfers.

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Joint Statement on the final adoption of the new EU rules for personal data protection

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European Commission - Statement Brussels, 14 April 2016 European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Vice-President in charge of the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip, and Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová made the following statement: "The European Commission welcomes the final adoption of the new EU data...

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EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Frequently Asked Questions

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European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 29 February 2016 What is the EU-US Privacy Shield? After two years of negotiations, the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce reached on 2 February 2016 a political agreement on a new framework for transatlantic exchanges of personal data for commercial purposes:...

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