After years and years of lengthy drafting and negotiating, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Council, following the final negotiations between the three institutions (the so-called “trilogue negotiations”) have, at last, reached a political agreement on the data protection reform package, which includes the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and the Data Protection Directive for the police and criminal justice sector, as the Civil Liberties (LIBE) Committee of the European Parliament also approved the text on 17 December.
A formal adoption from the European Parliament and the EU Council is still required though, currently foreseen to take place at the beginning of 2016.
At this pace, and optimistically, the Regulation will finally be published somewhere in the middle of 2016.
So let the countdown begin…
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