In December 2015, following long and intensive negotiations, the European Parliament and the Council agreed on the final text of the data reform package.
The European Commission put forward its EU Data Protection Reform in January 2012 to make Europe fit for the digital age.
The new package consists of a Regulation and a Directive to govern processing of personal data for law enforcement purposes.
It is expected that the package will be formally adopted by the Parliament and the Council in March this year. Member States, companies, law firms and other organisations will have two years to implement the new regime.
The Regulation was one of the most heavily lobbied pieces of legislation in the EU. It attracted interest from a large variety of organisations, both public and private and from in and outside of the EU.
The Regulation sets out the conditions for collecting, processing and storing the personal data of EU citizens.
These include data subjects’ rights, lawfulness of processing, conditions for cooperation between the data protection authorities and the requirements for the security of processing.
The Law Society is organising a joint seminar with the French National Bar Council to discuss - among other topical issues - surveillance and data protection. More on the seminar.