Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Supports Reform

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On December 4, 2013, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (Working Party) endorsed the data protection reform package presented by the European Commission, strongly encouraging all relevant parties to adopt the reform package and determine a final text prior to the end of the term of the current EU legislature.

The Working Party notes the challenges that are brought about by technological developments in the digital economy and globalization, leading to a simultaneous need for a robust and relevant EU data protection regime. In light of this, the European Commission devised a framework in January 2012 to address these issues and strengthen the rights of individuals. The Working Party has emphasised the importance of a unified, harmonized application of data protection legislation in instilling trust in citizens, with respect to governments and the digital economy. The Working Party further noted that a strong EU General Data Protection framework will be fundamental in ensuring the completion of the digital single market by 2015.

For further details, please access the Working Party press release via the following link:  http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/article-29/press-material/press-release/art29_press_material/20131204_pr_dp_reform_package_en.pdf