"New EU-wide data protection standards have been adopted by the EU last year. Their success depends not only on Member States adapting national laws to the new rules, but also on the knowledge of citizens of their new rights, and on businesses in the EU to be ready once the new rules enter into force.
We have one year to work with all Member States and to engage with companies to make this happen. This work should be stepped up and reinforced to ensure harmonisation and avoid fragmentation in the implementation. Within the year we will also launch an EU-wide campaign to raise awareness so that Europeans are conscious of their rights.
A year from now, the European Union will start benefiting from the new data protection standards. As of May 2018, the new rules of the General Data Protection Regulation will enter into application and give a strong basis for the Digital Single Market to flourish.
The new rules will protect the EU citizens' fundamental right to personal data protection. Everyone will benefit from new and clarified rights. For instance, you will have the right to know as soon as possible if your data has been hacked or disclosed. It will also be easier for citizens to complain and obtain compensation if they think their rights are not respected. No matter where your data is stored, you only need to contact your closest data protection authority. With sanctions of up to 4 percent of annual turnover, authorities will also be in a position to enforce the new rules.
Businesses will benefit from more legal certainty, with a single set of rules across the EU. Companies will only have to deal with one single supervisory authority – rather than 28 now. This will not only make things simpler, but also cheaper. SMEs benefit from exemptions to ensure that the rules are adapted to the needs and capacity of smaller firms. More generally, the data economy can enable business growth, modernise public services and empower citizens.
The data economy supports growth, helps modernise public services and empower citizens. As non-personal data do not fall under the Data Protection Regulation, the free movement of such data can be limited at national or regional level. The Commission will come up with legislative proposal to guarantee the free flow of data later in 2017 and another proposal promoting accessibility and reuse of public data.
In 2018, Europe's high data protection standards will finally become a reality. It is crucial that we make them work in practice."
The data protection reform package entered into force in May 2016 and will be applicable as of May 2018. It includes the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Directive for the police and criminal justice sector.
Link 15 January
2018 Related policiesTelecom
connectivity and accessSupporting
media and digital culture Following a
two months indepth investigation the European Commission today required the
Austrian broadcasting regulator (KommAustria) to withdraw plans for continued
regulation of the wholesale market for analogue terrestrial radio broadcasting
transmission in Austria, as such plans would place the national radio
broadcaster (ORF) at an undue competitive advantage over other broadcasters. The
Austrian broadcasting regulator KommAustria proposed to the Commission, to
continue regulating the market for analogue terrestrial radio broadcasting.
KommAustria states that the market situation is largely unchanged since it last
assessed the market in 2013. The Commission is particularly concerned by the
fact that despite the lack of competitive developments in Austria under the
current regulatory regime, KommAustria proposed to impose a practically
unchanged set of …
13 November 2017 Related policiesTelecom LawsImproving connectivity and access Today the European Commission opened
an in-depth investigation concerning the Austrian regulator's
(KommAustria's) proposal to continue to regulate the wholesale market
for analogue terrestrial radio broadcasting transmission in Austria by
requiring the transmission network provider to grant private radio
operators price regulated access to its transmission services. The
markets for broadcasting transmission services were removed by the
Commission from the list of EU markets recommended for ex ante
regulation already in the 2007.
Whilst the current case concerns three broadcasting transmission
markets in Austria, namely (i) a market for the transmission of analogue
terrestrial (FM) radio broadcasting signals; (ii) a market for
multiplexing of broadcasting signals (i.e. a method by which multiple
signals are combined into one signal over a shared medium in order to
share scarce resources) a…
Source: EU Commission Related policies Audiovisual & Media ServicesSupporting media and digital culture The European Commission has decided,
on the basis of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), that
the Swedish intention to impose their ban on alcohol advertising on two
broadcasters based in the UK and broadcasting in Sweden is not
compatible with EU law. The
AVMSD is based on the principle of the country of origin, according to
which broadcasters are subject solely to the rules of the Member State
where they are established, including when they broadcast to other EU
countries. The AVMSD does not prohibit alcohol advertising, but allows
Member States to apply stricter rules, including a full ban, on
broadcasters under their jurisdiction. Such a ban exists in Sweden.
In order to impose such a ban on the UK broadcasters, Sweden should
have demonstrated, under the specific procedure contained in Article 4
of the AVMS
directive, that the broadcasters in question e…