The Greens - EFA

Reform of EU data protection rules

A Greens/EFA press-conference

Wednesday, 20 March, 14:00

with:Jan ALBRECHT (Greens/EFA, DE), rapporteur on the general regulation
and Dimitrios DROUTSAS (S&D, EL), rapporteur on the directive

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english version

The Civil Liberties Committee will discuss for the first time on Wednesday 20 March at 15.00 the amendments tabled to both the general data protection regulation and the directive. 3,133 amendments have been tabled to the regulation and 673 to the directive. The "right to be forgotten", the explicit consent, the right to access and rectify personal data, the obligation to use clear and plain language when explaining privacy policies and the limits to profiling are key changes for citizens.

For companies, the most important provisions concern the introduction of a single set of clear rules (thus cutting red tape), the application of sanctions for non-compliance, the appointment of a data protection officer, the possibility to deal with a single national data protection authority and the obligation to notify serious data breaches to national supervisory bodies. All these elements are contained in the regulation.

The directive deals with the processing of data for the purposes of prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or execution of criminal penalties.

According to a Eurobarometer survey, 70% of Europeans are concerned that their personal data may be misused and 72% of internet users in Europe worry that they are asked for too much personal data online.

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