Why do we need an EU data protection reform?
The EU’s 1995 Data Protection Directive set a milestone in the history of personal data protection. Its basic principles, ensuring a functioning internal market and an effective protection of the fundamental right of individuals to data protection, are as valid today as they were 17 years ago. But differences in the way that each EU country implements the law have led to an uneven level of protection for personal data, depending on where an individual lives or buys goods and services. The current rules also need to be modernised - they were introduced when the Internet was still in its... infancy. Rapid technological developments and globalisation have brought new challenges for data protection. With social networking sites, cloud computing, location-based services and smart cards, we leave digital traces with every move we make. In this “brave new data world” we need a robust set of rules. The EU’s data protection reform will make sure our rules are future-proof and fit for the digital age.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Justice (European Commission) - Now known as... - Now known as... Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (European Commission) Themes: Information policy, Community secondary legislation
- Subject: data protection, directive (EU), Internet, legislation, protection of privacy