First Wave of Ripple Effects of the General Data Protection Regulation

Westlaw Journal Computer and Internet
Volume 34, Issue 18

10 Feb 2017

As part of the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy outlined in May 2015, the European Commission (the “Commission”) issued a communication and two proposals in early January to further enhance and update the legal regime for data protection in the Union.

The Commission issued:

  • a Proposal for a new ‘ePrivacy’ regulation to replace the current directive of 2002 on privacy in the sector of electronic communications
  • a Proposal for a new regulation governing data protection rules for EU institutions, and
  • a Communication to Parliament and Council on the cross border data transfers instruments to countries outside the EU and the framework for recognizing foreign jurisdictions as ‘adequate.’

The objective of these initiatives is to build on the momentum created by the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 679/2016 or “GDPR”) and to bring the entire constellation of EU data protection instruments up to par with the standards it sets. The GDPR was adopted last April after four years of legislative debate and is set to take effect in May 2018.

Read our article in Westlaw Journal Computer and Internet.



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