Commission: It will monitor which Member States protect the data

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With a view to the Member States of the European Union, the European Commission will monitor the implementation of the new data protection rules and will take the appropriate measures that will take effect from tomorrow, 25 May 2018.

One year after the entry into force of the Regulation, the Commission will hold an event to record the experiences of the various stakeholders from the implementation of the Regulation. The relevant conclusions will also be taken into account for the preparation of the report on the evaluation and revision of the regulation, which is to be submitted by the Commission by May 2020.

The European Commission has allocated € 1,7 million to co-finance training activities for data protection professionals and another € 2 million is expected to support actions by national data protection authorities to inform businesses, especially SMEs, and individuals. .

Andrew Ansip, Vice-President of the Commission for the Digital Single Market, spoke of a new reality and that the privacy of European citizens would be better protected by benefiting businesses. 

"The existence of strict rules for data protection is the basis for a functioning digital single market and for the flourishing of the internet economy. The new rules ensure that citizens can have confidence in how their data is used and that the EU can make the most of the opportunities offered by the data economy. "

According to him, two out of three European citizens are concerned about the treatment of their data, believing that they have no control over the information they provide online. 

He added: "Businesses need clarity to be able to safely expand their operations to other EU Member States. Recent data leakage scandals confirm that by introducing stricter and clearer data protection rules, we are doing more in Europe. the right"

On the other hand, Viera Jurova, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, spoke about the fundamental right of European citizens to data protection. 

"As far as personal data is concerned today, people swim naked in an aquarium. The new rules will give Europeans control over their data again. "Now the choice is ours and we can decide what will happen and who will have access to what data."

He stressed that "the rules will have a real deterrent effect. Everyone, especially the companies that financially exploit our personal data, will have an interest in keeping them. With the General Data Protection Regulation, Europe is emphasizing its digital sovereignty and getting ready for the digital age. In addition, the new rules have begun to set global standards for the protection of privacy. They will help restore the confidence we need to succeed in the global digital economy. "