Statement by Mr. Thomas Zerdick, Deputy Head of Unit, Unit C.3, European Commission

Thomas Zerdick Eu Data Protection Conference

Statement by Mr. Thomas Zerdick, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Justice and Consumers, Unit C.3 Personal Data Protection as a prelude to the Danish Data Protection Conference 2016 at Christiansborg.

“On 15 December 2015, the three European institutions agreed a historic reform of data protection rules, establishing a modern and harmonised data protection framework across the EU. The Parliament’s Civil Liberties committee and the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) of the Council approved the agreement with very large majorities. The agreement was welcomed by the European Council of 17-18 December as a major step forward in the implementation of the Digital Single Market Strategy.
The European Commission put forward its EU Data Protection Reform in January 2012 to make Europe fit for the digital age, as more than 90% of Europeans say they want the same data protection rights across the EU – and regardless of where their data is processed. The reform is an essential step to strengthen citizens’ fundamental rights in the digital age and facilitate business by simplifying rules for companies in the Digital Single Market.
The Regulation shall apply 2 years after its formal adoption by the European Parliament and Council. The Commission will work together with the Member States and the Data protection authorities – the future European Data Protection Board – to ensure a uniform application of the new rules.
The Police Directive provides for a two-year implementation period. Member States are under an obligation to update their legal frameworks during this time.”

Mr. Thomas Zerdick will be a keynote speaker at the Danish Data Protection Conference on 28. January 2016 at Christiansborg.

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EU-Kommissionens pressemeddelse på dansk i forbindelse med offentliggørelsen af databeskyttelsesreformen kan downloades her.

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