The processing of personal data: EP vote

This morning, the European Parliament voted on the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation). 621 Members voted in favour of the Regulation, as amended by some 200 amendments which had been suggested by Rapporteur Jan Albrecht. Only 10 Members voted against and 22 abstained.

For the industry there will be farreaching consequences. The processing of personal data without the express consent of an individual will no longer be allowed; moreover, individuals must be able to withdraw their consent in the same way as they gave it. In addition, individuals will have the right to obtain their personal data from entities who hold those data, in an interoperable electronic format which is used generally. Furthermore, individuals can demand that their personal data be erased, including those passed on to third parties.

The European Parliament insists that the EU privacy rules will apply universally, i.e. also if the personal data of an EU citizen are processed in a non-EU country. Courts in non-EU countries will not have the right to demand the transfer or disclosure of the personal data of an EU citizen.

See also the European Parliament’s press release (pdf).


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