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Event to mark the entry into application of the GDPR

The European Commission (EC) is organising on 25th May 2018 three events to mark the entry into application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): one in Brussels, one in New Delhi and one in Santiago.

European Data Protection Day 2017

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.