New EU data protection rules adopted

On April 14, 2016, the EU administrators adopted the new General Data Protection Regulation after negotiating for almost seven years. The directive is yet to be published in the EU Official journal, but nonetheless, the initiative will phase out the current Data Protection Directive, and will be applied till 2018. The new rules will initiate the use of a single framework for the entire EU, while the current inconsistent collection of 28 nation data protection laws will be phased out. The directive will also oversee a focus on monitoring individual behavior while still catering for companies established in the EU. The right to data portability will also be recognized as a new individual right. New regulations will also require companies to report personal data breaches, hence the need of designating a data protection officer in every company. The initiative will also oversee the setting up of a single data protection authority where all companies report to while ensuring a consistent approach in dealing with cross-border data protection cases.

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