The European Parliament has voted in favour of implementing the European Commission's data protection reform proposals, which will supercede the current patchwork of national laws.
At a meeting on 12 March 2014, Members of the European Parliament passed both the Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Directive in a key vote that makes reform now ‘irreversible’ regardless of the European elections in May.
The data protection reform aims to ensure that people have more effective control over their personal data and to make it easier for organisations to operate and innovate in the European Union. Concerns have been raised that the proposed changes may come at an additional cost and administrative burden to charities and other organisations.
"Strong data protection rules must be Europe's trade mark,” said the EU's Justice Commissioner and Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding. “Today's vote is the strongest signal that it is time to deliver this reform for our citizens and our businesses."
To become law the proposed Regulation has to be adopted by the Council of Ministers using the "ordinary legislative procedure" (co-decision). The next meeting of Justice Ministers on the data protection reform will take place in June 2014.
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Photo: Viviane Reding. © European Commission 2014