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Data Protection

The Data Protection Reform Package: better control in personal data and boost to growth

In January 2012, the European Commission proposed a comprehensive reform of the EU's 1995 data protection rules to strengthen online privacy rights and boost Europe's digital economy. Technological progress and globalisation have profoundly changed the way our data is collected, accessed and used. In addition, the 27 EU member states have implemented the 1995 rules differently, resulting in divergences in enforcement.

The protection of personal data is a fundamental right for all Europeans, but citizens do not always feel in full control of their personal data. The Commission hopes that these proposals will help build trust in online services as people will be better informed about their rights and in more control of their information. At the same time, the reform will make life easier and less costly for businesses. A strong, clear and uniform legal framework at EU level will help unleash the potential of the Digital Single Market and foster economic growth, innovation and job creation.

Cyprus, as the presiding Member State during the second semester of 2012, will advance negotiations of the data protection reform as one of its priorities in the justice area.