“European Parliament Votes to Enact Data Protection Reforms”
Safe & Sound 04/14/16 By Jessica L. Franken and Helen M. Schweitz
Four months after the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) signed off to move ahead with the new regulations in December of last year and six days after the Council of the European Union voted to adopt them on April 8, the European Parliament voted to approve the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in a plenary session in Strasbourg, France, on April 14. The GDPR allows individuals to access their own personal information more easily, grants them a right to erase their personal information (the “right to be forgotten”), requires “clear and affirmative consent” for the processing of personal information, and creates a right to know when an individual’s personal information has been hacked. The GDPR also addresses web site privacy policies and requires that Internet service providers attempt to verify that users under 16 years of age have parental consent to use online services.