The State of health of data protection: Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament and the European Council of 24 july 2019

Lawyer Vincenzo Colarocco

The European Commission published on 24.7.2019 a “Communication to the European Parliament and the Council” entitled “Data protection rules as a trust-enabler in the EU and beyond – taking stock” outlining the current state of data protection in the EU, with a particular focus on the impact of the GDPR (the framework will need to be complemented by the e-Privacy Regulation, currently under preparation).

Most Member States have put in place the necessary legal framework and the new system strengthening the enforcement of data protection rules is coming into operation. The Commission has noted increased awareness among citizens who increasingly exercise their rights. The EU data protection legislative framework has become the cornerstone of the European civil society innovation project.

The European project covers health and research, artificial intelligence, transport, energy, electoral policies, competition and law enforcement.