To promote better understanding of the rules surrounding data protection a new publication presents 10 key points summarising the outcome of the recent negotiations surrounding general EU data protection laws, to shed some light on an area of legislation that is often shrouded in secrecy. ‘Better data protection for everyone, from the 1995 Directive to the 2015 Regulation’ was headed by Jan Philip Albrecht, Green MEP for Germany, and published by the Green European Foundation.
New data protection laws, contrary to the 1995 Data Protection Directive that allowed member states to individualise laws, have now been enacted across the European Union. The new data protection levels enacted will protect all 500 million EU citizens.
The new laws have been revised to protect citizens from the potential perils of the digital age; in particular for the EU Single Digital Market. New rights like data portability, principles such as data protection by design and high sanctions in the case of infringements are enshrined in the text, allowing citizens to browse the digital market freely, safely, and in knowledge of their protected rights.
GEF and The Greens/EFA have provided you with some tools: a cool educational video in English and German about what enhanced data protection laws mean for you; and a PDF outlining the study behind the reforms.