EC proposal on new data protection rules in law enforcement area backed by Justice Ministers

12 Oct 2015 01:14 PM

Recently, Ministers in the Justice Council have sealed an overall agreement on the EU's Data Protection Directive for the police and criminal justice sector. Following the agreement reached in June 2015 on the Regulation (see IP/15/5176), the recent agreement means the EU is fully on track to finalise its data protection reform by the end of this year, as called for by the European Council.

Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, VÄ›ra Jourová welcomed the recent agreement: "The right to personal data protection is a fundamental right in the EU. Victims and witnesses, but also suspects of crimes have the right to have their data duly protected in the context of a criminal investigation or a law enforcement action. The common rules and principles we have proposed will ensure that. At the same time more harmonised laws will also make it easier for police or prosecutors to work together in cross-border investigations and to combat crime and terrorism more effectively across Europe."

The Data Protection Police Directive is a key contribution to the objectives set out in the EU's Agenda on Security.

The Data Protection Police Directive will bring the following benefits:

Next steps

Trilogues between the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU on the Directive will begin later this month. Trilogues on the General Data Protection Regulation began already on June 24 with the participation of Commissioner Jourová. The three institutions have agreed on a roadmap towards the finalisation of the reform in 2015.

For more information:

Press release – General Approach on data protection rules to boost Digital Single Market

Statement by Commissioner Jourová on opening of the trilogues (24 June)

Press pack: data protection reform

European Commission – data protection

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