New Data Protection Regulation was adopted today in European Parliament. After many years of struggle and heavy lobbying the new rules applicable to all 28 Member States are finaly approved.

The new rules include provisions on:

  • a right to be forgotten,
  • “clear and affirmative consent” to the processing of private data by the person concerned,
  • a right to transfer your data to another service provider,
  • the right to know when your data has been hacked,
  • ensuring that privacy policies are explained in clear and understandable language, and
  • stronger enforcement and fines up to 4% of firms’ total worldwide annual turnover, as a deterrent to breaking the rules.

The regulation will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal. Its provisions will be directly applicable in all member states two years after this date, in May 2018.

More you can read here. Source European Parliament

Full text of GDPR.

In so far as M.L. and W.W. were not asking for the removal of the reports in question, but only that they be anonymised, the Court noted that rendering material anonymous was a less restrictive measure in terms of press freedom than the removal of an entire article.

However, it reiterated that the approach to covering a given subject was a matter of journalistic freedom and that Article 10 of the Convention left it to journalists to decide what details ought to be published, provided that these decisions corresponded to the profession’s ethical norms. In consequence, the Court considered that the inclusion in a news report of individualised information, such as the full name of the person concerned, was an important aspect of the press’s work, especially when reporting on criminal proceedings which had attracted considerable attention.

The Court concluded that the availability of the impugned reports on the media websites at the time that the applications were lodged by M.L. and W.W. continued to contribute to a debate of general interest which had not been diminished by the passage of time.