On April 14 after four years of deliberation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) won final approval requiring businesses who deal with personal data of EU citizens, both in and outside of the EU, to strengthen their cybersecurity policies or face substantial fines.
“The new rules will ensure that the fundamental right to personal data protections is guaranteed for all,” said a statement released by the European Commission.
The regulation updates and replaces the 1995 Data Protection Directive. It will provide citizens with a consistent level of data protection across the EU.
“The general data protection regulation makes a high, uniform level of data protection throughout the EU a reality,” said Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens, DE), who steered the legislation through Parliament.
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