With the EU Data Protection “reform train” rounding what is hopefully the final bend towards the summit of consensus, the UK ICO have published their latest analysis on the Council’s draft EU Data Protection Regulation. The analysis demonstrates the improvement needed in order to ensure that the new law provides effective protection to individuals while being “easy to understand and working well in practice.”  To recap: all three key EU institutions – Commission, Parliament and Council – have prepared alternative drafts and are ready to negotiate in trilogue, with the timetable aiming to complete the process by the end of 2015.

The journey began in January 2012 when the European Commission issued its draft of the General Data Protection Regulation (the “DP Reg”) – the first step in meaningful revision of this area in nearly 20 years. The European Parliament approved its version of the DP Reg in March 2014 and the Council agreed upon its own version on 15 June 2015.
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