General Data Protection Regulation: Commission Guidance

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The Commission presented its Communication on 'Stronger protection, new opportunities - Commission guidance on the direct application of the General Data Protection Regulation as of 25 May 2018', on 24 January 2018.

The document recalls the main innovations envisaged in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), lists the preparatory work already undertaken and outlines the further work that is required from the Commission, national data protection authorities and national administrations.
The guidance recalls the main elements of the new data protection rules. This includes:
  • One set of rules across the continent, guaranteeing legal certainty for businesses and the same data protection level across the EU for citizens.
  • Same rules apply to all companies offering services in the EU, even if these companies are based outside the EU.
  • Stronger and new rights for citizens: the right to information, access and the right to be forgotten are strengthened. A new right to data portability allows citizens to move their data from one company to the other. This will give companies new business opportunities.
  • Stronger protection against data breaches: a company experiencing a data breach, which put individuals at risk, has to notify the data protection authority within 72 hours.
  • Rules with teeth and deterrent fines: all data protection authorities will have the power to impose fines for up to EUR 20 million or, in the case of a company, 4% of the worldwide annual turnover. 
The Communication will now be sent to the European Parliament and the Council for examination. Both institutions may decide to formally respond to it in the following months.
You can read the Communication HERE
New online tool supporting practical application
The Commission launched also a new practical online tool to help citizens, organisations, and businesses to comply and benefit from the new data protection rules.
The Commission will as well engage in events organised across the Member States to help the stakeholders in their preparation efforts and inform the citizens about the impact of the Regulation.
You can consult the online tool HERE