The Road to GDPR: The Continuous Reform of EU Data Protection Rules

EU GDPR

There's no question - The European Commission cares about the protection of your data. From early 2012 until now, the European Commission, the Council, and the Parliament has continually met to update the laws and regulations regarding the data protection of its citizens. 

In this article we summarize the history of EU data protection.


25 January 2012, the European Commission proposed a comprehensive reform of data protection rules to increase users' control of their data and to cut costs for businesses. This EU Data Protection Reform consolidated the confusing and costly administrative burdens and saved businesses upwards of €2.3 billion per year.

13 May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union acknowledged that under existing European data protection legislation, EU citizens have the right to request internet search engines to remove search results directly related to them. This sparked a lively debate on the “right to be forgotten.”

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