European Data Protection Digest

Nemitz: EC To Present New Privacy Regulation

DATA PROTECTION—EU

November 24, 2011

At the German Association for Data Protection and Data Security's (GDD) annual privacy conference, Director for Fundamental Rights and Citizenship of the European Commission Paul Nemitz announced the commission's plan to implement a law aimed at creating uniform data protection regulation in Europe, reports Hunton & Williams' Privacy and Information Security Law Blog. The GDD report states that the law will assign regulatory responsibilities based on the location of companies' headquarters but also allow individuals to lodge complaints in their home countries. The law will also require large companies to appoint data protection officers, conduct privacy impact assessments and, in some cases, implement "privacy by default" settings for IT systems, according to the report.
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