Data protection reforms and the future of European data protection law

In a strong endorsement of the European Commission’s data protection reforms, the European Parliament has voted heavily in favour of the new Data Protection Directive. The commission believes that the reforms will ensure people have more effective control over their personal data and also make it easier for businesses to operate and innovate in the EU’s single market.

Commenting on the vote, Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner, said: ‘The message the European Parliament is sending is unequivocal: this reform is a necessity, and now it is irreversible. Europe’s directly elected parliamentarians have listened to European citizens and European businesses and, with this vote, have made clear that we need a uniform and strong European data protection law, which will make life easier for business and strengthen the protection of our citizens.’

Reding stated that strong data protection rules must be Europe’s trademark, highlighting that the fact that, following the recent US data protection spying scandals, data protection is more than ever a competitive advantage…

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