25th January 2012
European Commission proposes a comprehensive reform of the data protection rules
The European Commission has today proposed a comprehensive reform of the EU's 1995 data protection rules to strengthen online privacy rights and boost Europe's digital economy.
Technological progress and globalisation have profoundly changed the way our data is collected, accessed and used. In addition, the 27 EU Member States, and third countries offering adequate protection for personal data (which includes the Isle of Man), have implemented the 1995 rules differently, resulting in divergences in enforcement.
The Commission's proposals update and modernise the principles enshrined in the 1995 Data Protection Directive to guarantee privacy rights in the future. They include a policy Communication setting out the Commission's objectives and two legislative proposals: a Regulation setting out a general EU framework for data protection and a Directive on protecting personal data processed for the purposes of prevention, detection, investigation or prosecution of criminal offences and related judicial activities.
Further information on the proposals can be found on the European Commission's website