Commissioner Věra Jourová opens first workshop on implementing the new EU data protection rules

Today, the European Commission is gathering stakeholders’ views on the effective implementation of the EU’s new data protection rules. The aim is to ensure the EU’s new data protection rules will be effectively and consistently implemented across the EU, allowing citizens and businesses alike to benefit from strong and level data protection rules across the EU. Today’s meeting is attended by stakeholders, NGOs and businesses from across the EU, as well as the data protection authorities.Commissioner Věra Jourová said: “Now is time to ensure these high quality rules we have sealed on paper will become a reality for businesses and consumers across the EU. The General Data Protection Regulation will benefit everyone in the EU. The new rules will help stimulate the Digital Single Market by fostering trust in online services by consumers and legal certainty for businesses based on clear and uniform rules.” The EU’s new framework for data protection making protection fit for the 21st century was adopted in April this year (see Statement, IP/15/6321). Member States have until 25 May 2018 – two years from the date of publication in the Official Journal – to apply theGeneral Data Protection Regulation. This two-year timeframe gives Member States and companies sufficient time to adapt to the new rules. The Commission will work closely with Member States, notably the data protection authorities, and stakeholders to prepare.