EU Passes Major Data Protection Reforms

Long-awaited data protection reforms have been formally voted in by the European Union, after overwhelming approval in the European Parliament on Thursday.

Jan Philipp Albrecht, the German MEP and rapporteur on the GDPR, said he is delighted with the final text, which he said will create a springboard for growth and innovation without compromising on consumers’ fundamental right to a high level of data privacy.

Albrecht was greeted by cheers and applause as he addressed the European Parliament plenary meeting in Strasbourg.

“I think that this adoption of the European data protection regulation is a huge step forward for the EU, for fundamental rights, and shows we can deliver a legal framework for the digital age,” he said.

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