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Friday, April 8, 2016

GDPR About to be Approved

On Thursday, April 7, the EU Council of Ministers published the final text of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and initiated a highly expedited written procedure to effect its adoption by the Council no later than midnight on Friday, April 8.  Following its adoption, the text, translated into all the official languages of the member states, will be forwarded to the EU Parliament.  The Parliament is expected to approve the GDPR, along with the EU Policing and Criminal Justice Data Protection Directive, next week during its April 11-14 plenary sessions.                                                                                                                                              
The glacial pace of reform of Europe’s data protection legislation, initiated by the European Commission’s first stakeholder consultation back in 2009, will now continue for two more years, until the GDPR comes into effect.  As of today, however, for the first time, there can be no debate about what the contents of the Regulation are, nor can companies claim they didn't know what was coming.

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