The general aims of the EU Data Protection Regulation are to better protect the personal data of EU citizens, to update the current legislation to adjust it to 21st century requirements and technology and to further future proof data protection regulations. A key objective is to improve harmonisation of data protection requirements across all EU member states, smoothing the current differences in approach.
As businesses and organisations are being encouraged to comment on the proposals for the formal draft EU Data Protection Regulation by end of February 2013, this is possibly the last opportunity to shape the Regulation. The Regulation largely repeats the Directive but adds to and varies it. There are many key changes and the current draft has many potential upsides but as drafted, probably even more downsides.
In this article, Eversheds offers a detailed analysis of the current proposals and their associated issues.