The right to personal data protection

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights says that everyone has the right to personal data protection in all aspects of life: at home, at work, while shopping, receiving medical treatment, at a police station or in the Internet. This is a fundamental right for everyone in the EU and must be safeguarded.

When users give their consent for companies to use their personal data, that agreement is given explicitly. On the other hand, providers must take account of the principle of privacy by default which means that the companies will be obliged to inform as clearly and transparency about how personal data will be used.

Personal data is any individual information related to private, professional or public life i.e. name, photo, email address, bank details, posts or social networking websites, medical information, or computer’s IP address, and it could be transferred across borders and store on servers in multiple countries within and outside the EU.

Individuals can be confident online whether it’s shopping for a better deal or sharing information with friends around the world. Europe proposes adequate safeguards for personal data and with lower costs to help stimulate the internal marketing, boost growth, create jobs and foster innovation.

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Commission proposes a comprehensive reform of the data protection rules.

Factsheets on data protection reform:

  • Why do we need an EU data protection reform?
  • How does the data protection reform strengthen citizens’ rights?
  • How will the data protection reform affect social networks?
  • How will the EU’s data protection reform strengthen the internal market?
  • How will the EU’s data protection reform make international cooperation easier?
  • How will the EU’s data protection reform simplify the existing rules?
  • How will the EU’s data protection reform benefit European businesses?
  • How will the EU’s reform adapt data protection rules to new technological developments?

Post written by Carmen Rafecas