The staff briefing will take place on Wednesday, June 6th.
It is scheduled to take place in the House of Representatives from 14.00-15.00.
Europe's proposed new regulation on data protection, which EU Commissioner Viviane Reding launched on January 25, promises comprehensive reform. Currently, each EU member state has its own system in place based on the manner in which it implemented the 1995 Data Protection Regulation. The new proposal will implement a single set of rules across the EU and will not require any further implementing measures by member states.
The proposed new Regulation extends the scope of the EU data protection law to all foreign companies processing data of EU residents. In principle, this is recognition that any online business trading with EU citizens processes personal data and would be using equipment in the EU to process the data (i.e. the customer's computer). Secondly, the proposed legislation will result in reduced costs for foreign businesses navigating their way through Europe's patchwork of data protection regimes.