Towards the year end of 2015, after lengthy negotiations, the European Parliament agreed on the final text of the data reform package.
The European Commission put forward its EU Data Protection Reform in January 2012 to attempt to bring Europe in line with the technological advancements of the digital age.
The new scheme consists of a Directive and Regulation in order to govern the handling of personal data for legislation purposes and law enforcement. It is expected that the scheme will be officially adopted by the Parliament by the end of this month (March 2016). All member states, law firms and service providers will have two years to implement the necessary changes.
The Regulation reform gained interest from a large variety of organisations, from both public and private sectors within the EU. The reform lays down the conditions for the collection, processing and storing of any personal data from citizens within the EU.
These include rights, lawfulness of processing, conditions for the cooperation between the DPA (data protection authorities) as well as the requirements for processing security.