EU Parliament votes for major overhaul of EU data protection laws

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The European Parliament has voted — by an overwhelming majority — to significantly overhaul current European Union (EU) data protection laws. As a result, a single data protection law in the EU looks set to replace the existing patchwork of national laws. The new law will affect almost every business operating within the EU and, controversially, many businesses outside the EU.

On 21 October, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs voted to: approve a compromise text for the draft General Data Protection Regulation; and authorise MEPs Jan-Philipp Albrecht and Dimitrios Droutsas to negotiate directly with the council of the EU regarding its adoption.

Once adopted, the regulation will replace and supersede the current EU Data Protection Directive…

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