EU Legislative – Data Protection

10
May 2016

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Every day within the EU there is a huge transfer of personal data. Conflicting data protection rules between the countries could cause a big disorder in international transfer. To this end, there were made efforts to unify the rules for the whole EU.

In April this year the EU adopted new legislatio in the field of data protection. It consists of a General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Directive for authorities proceeding in criminal cases. The application of these rules will still have to wait for two years. Namely, the official texts of the Regulation and the Directive were published on 4 May 2016. The Regulation will eter into force on 24 May 2016, it shall apply from 25 May 2018. The Directive will enter into force on 5 May 2016 and EU member States have to transpose it into their national law by 6 May 2018.

In April this year the EU adopted new legislatio in the field of data protection. It consists of a General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Directive for authorities proceeding in criminal cases. The application of these rules will still have to wait for two years. Namely, the official texts of the Regulation and the Directive were published on 4 May 2016. The Regulation will eter into force on 24 May 2016, it shall apply from 25 May 2018. The Directive will enter into force on 5 May 2016 and EU member States have to transpose it into their national law by 6 May 2018.

Even the businesses which are not located on the territory of the EU will be bounded by these rules, if they are targeting consumers from the EU.

The key changes introduced by new legislation:

  • “the right to be forgotten” – in case you do not want anymore your data to be used, or there is no ground for it
  • easier access to your data
  • the right to transfer of personal data from one service provider to another
  • clear and affirmative consent when it is reqired
  • information about data breach witohut delay – within 72 hours
  • transparency about how your data is used with easy-to-understand information
  • adminitrative and judical remedies in the case of violation
  • increased resposibility by processing personal data – through data protection risk assessement and data protection officers.

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