Exchanging and protecting personal data in a globalised world

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Series Details COM (2017) 7
Publication Date 10/01/2017
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Communication published by the European Commission on 10 January 2017 on protection of personal data, which accompanied the adoption of two legislative initiatives on this matter.

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The protection of personal data is part of Europe's common constitutional fabric and is enshrined in Article 8 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. It has long been central to EU law, from the Data Protection Directive (1995) to the General Data Protection Regulation (2016). As the demand for protection of personal data across the globe, many companies have worked to align their activity with the principles adopted across the European Union. Likewise, several countries and regional organisations outside the EU have also been increasingly look to adopt policies to address those growing public concerns.

In this context, the Commission believes the EU should seize the opportunity to promote its data protection values and facilitate data flows by encouraging convergence of legal systems. As announced in the European Commission's annual Work Programme, this Communication aims to set its strategic framework for 'adequacy decisions' as well as other tools for data transfers and international data protection instruments.

This Communication was adopted alongside two related legislative initiatives:

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM:2017:007:FIN
Related Links
European Commission: Press Release, 10/01/2017: Commission proposes high level of privacy rules for all electronic communications and updates data protection rules for EU institutions https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_17_16
European Commission: Memo, 10/01/2017: Digital Single Market – Communication on Exchanging and Protecting Personal Data in a Globalised World Questions and Answers https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/MEMO_17_15

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