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European Parliament adopts Data Protection Regulation

21 March 2014

The European Parliament has voted to formally adopt the compromise texts of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the Police and Criminal Justice Directive.

This vote means the Parliament’s position is irreversible and will not change even if the composition of the Parliament changes after the European elections in May. The EU Council of Ministers must now formulate a position before negotiations can begin between the European Commission, Parliament and Council to find a compromise position.

The reforms aim to create a uniform European data protection law. The intention is people have more control over their personal data, particularly online and to make it simpler for businesses to operate in the EU’s Single Market with a ‘one- stop-shop’ for regulation.

However with much remaining disagreement amongst Member States, and the UK still sceptical and hoping for a Directive rather than a Regulation, much needs to happen for the reform package to be adopted. Despite its long passage it is looking unlikely to be in 2014.

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