European Parliament Adopts Comprehensive Data Protection Regulation

The European Parliament finalized a historic reform of EU data protection legislation, which will have legal force in July 2018. "The new General Data Protection Regulation will enable people to regain control of their personal data in the digital age," said Parliament Member Jan Philipp Albrecht. The rules include data breach notification, coordinated enforcement, enhanced penalties, strengthened consent, and new measures to promote privacy innovation. EPIC and EU and US consumer groups have supported the European law, stating that it provides "important new protections for the privacy and security of consumers."

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