The final text of the General Data Protection Regulation (hereafter “GDPR”) was adopted on 14 April 2016 by the European Parliament and shall - as already indicated in a previous edition of this newsletter - replace the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.
The GDPR has been published on 4 May 2016 in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Regulation has entered into force on the 24th of May 2016, with a transition period of 2 years, meaning that the regulation will apply as from 25 May 2018.
The new rules of the GDPR will help to stimulate the Digital Single Market in the EU by creating trust and legal certainty in the online environment. It is clear that the GDPR establishes a modern and harmonized data protection framework strengthening the rights of the EU citizen’s. As the new rules are set out in a regulation, the GDPR will be directly applicable in every member state of the European Union, without having to be implemented in national legislation.
This communication summarizes some of the most important new rules adopted in the GDPR:
In conclusion the GDPR seeks to improve the protection of data subjects by introducing more obligations for controllers and for processors.
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