The European Data Protection Reform is on track, vice President of EU Commission says

Viviane Reding referenced about the Justice Council’s progress on the data protection reform. According to her press release, the Justice Council agreed on two pillars of the reform:

1) rules governing data transfer to third countries (which will be possible either when the Commission finds that a third country is “adequate” in terms of data protection OR when appropriate safeguards exist OR in specific situations which necessitate the transfer, e.g tax investigation);

2) territorial scope of the data protection regulation. “In simple words: EU data protection law will apply to non-European companies if they do business on our territory – the European Single Market.”

She reported that the Council also discussed – and positions are coming closer – “the one-stop shop principle according to which there should be one decision by one single data protection regulator when it comes to cross-border services involving data processing.”

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Read the Text with the European Parliament’s amendments of 12 March 2014 to the EU Commission Proposal