The European Parliament ratified the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) text on 14th April 2016. The GDPR will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal. Its provisions will be directly applicable in all member states after two years, but also Switzerland is affected.
With the official announcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the world will see the biggest change in data protection regulation yet. The GDPR introduces among others significant fines for breaches of data protection regulation and an obligation to report breaches.
On 6 October 2015, the European Court of Justice invalidated the EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement. The court’s ruling is a new chapter in a series of Privacy Enhancing Rulings of regulators and courts worldwide, thereby enhancing citizens’ privacy worldwide.