The 1995 Data Protection Directive put forth two important ideas on personal data, namely, that individuals have rights and freedoms especially associated with personal data protection and that there should be free flow of personal data within the common market. However, rapid technological change has opened up a whole new set of data protection challenges.
The Commission has stated a desire to address the following policy areas as a matter of urgency:
- Addressing the impact of new technologies
- Enhancing the internal market dimension of data protection (and providing for a disconnect between member states and their policies and the EU)
- Addressing globalisation and improving international data transfers
- Providing for a stronger institutional arrangement for the effective enforcement of data protection rules
- Improving the coherence of the data protection legal framework
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