The EU will have a unified law on the protection of personal data

    Yesterday, June 15, the Ministers of Justice of 28 EU countries completed the development of a new bill on the protection of personal data. This project is intended to supplement and unify the relevant laws of the EU countries. Its development was launched back in 2012.

    “The main goal is to provide citizens with more rights and opportunities to control their personal data. At the same time, new laws will help businesses take full advantage of the single digital market, which will reduce costs, ”the European Commission notes.

    Under the unified legislation, it is proposed to provide citizens with the “right to oblivion”. Its essence is to allow users to request the removal of links to inaccurate, outdated, or "distributed in violation of the law" information about them. Before, Europeans had to collect several court decisions to exercise this right in exceptional situations.

    A significant case occurred in May last year, when an EU court ordered Google to remove information about the sale of the plaintiff's house, Mario Gonzalez, for debt. The plaintiff insisted that this information was no longer relevant, since the case was back in 1998.

    The bill also provides for the right of an EU citizen to receive information on how to use his personal data, as well as a “user profile”. This is user preference data generated based on your web browsing history and input requests.

    Another innovation requires Internet companies to inform local government authorities about unauthorized hacking of user data, cyber attacks and other similar incidents within 24 hours.

    Representatives of the European Commission believe that these measures will save businesses 2.3 billion euros per year. After all, with the advent of uniform legislation no longer need the services of lawyers who specialize in individual EU countries, laws, reports"Kommersant." The further fate of the bill will be decided in the European Parliament.

    Megamind wrote that a similar project is being discussed in Russia. However, a number of Internet companies have sharply criticized the Russian version of the “right to oblivion”.

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