The European Commission proposed its EU Data Protection Reform back in January 2012, to “make Europe fit for the digital age.” Just this week, on Tuesday, December 15, final negotiations between the so-called “Trialogue” – the EU Commission, Parliament and Council – on the long-awaited General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) were completed. Among other things, the GDPR will unify data protection law across the EU, doing away with the patchwork of rules that currently exist in the EU. One key provision of interest to global companies is that companies based outside of Europe will have to apply the same rules when offering services in the EU.
Please see our alert for more details about key provisions and next steps.
Squire Patton Boggs’ attorney Ann LaFrance can be contacted for more information.