On 6 April 2016, the EU agreed to a major reform of its data protection framework, by adopting the data protection reform package, comprising the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), replacing a the twenty years old Directive. On 25 May 2018, the new Regulation will become directly applicable, two years after its adoption and entry into force. The GDPR aims above all to give control back to European citizens over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU.
Providing for a single set of rules directly applicable in the Member States legal orders, it will guarantee the free flow of personal data between EU Member States and should reinforce trust and security of the consumers.
As the deadline of 25 May approaches, the European Commission believes that it is necessary to take stock and to ensure all elements are in place for a successful entry into effect of the new framework. The Communication “Stronger protection, new opportunities-Commission guidance on the direct application of the General Data Protection Regulation as of 25 May 2018”, recaps the main innovations and opportunities opened up by the new EU data protection legislation; takes stock of the preparatory work undertaken so far at EU level; outlines what the European Commission, national data protection authorities and national administrations should still do for bringing the preparation to a successful completion; and sets out measures that the Commission intends to take in the coming months.
The Commission has launched an online toolkit to help stakeholders prepare for the application of the Regulation and, with the support of the Representation offices, an information campaign in all Member States.
Find out more information on the European Commission’s website