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14-05-2013

EU data protection reform - find out why it matters

In this age of smartphones and social media protecting people's privacy has become more important than ever. The European Parliament is currently working on a major overhaul of EU data protection legislation that should ensure Europeans' data are safe online and offline. Follow the seminar on 14-15 May which brings together MEPs, experts and stakeholders and learn more about the issues at stake.

The civil liberties committee is preparing its position on a legislative package proposed by the European Commission that will replace the legislation currently in force, which dates back from 1995. Important aspects of the updated rules include the need for companies to ask for consent to process personal data, people's right to have their information deleted upon request and the requirement for companies to clearly explain their data protection policies.

A recent Eurobarometer survey shows that 70% of Europeans are concerned that their personal data may be misused by companies. Only 26% of respondents felt they had complete control over information disclosed on social networking sites and even fewer online shoppers (18%) felt in complete control of their data.  

Check out the feature on data protection and follow the seminar live on the EP website to learn more. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #EUdataP.

Listen live to seminarAgendaData protection featureQ&A on EU data protection reformEurobarometer surveyCivil Liberties Committee