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Commissioner Reding Continues to Frame Data Protection as Her Highest Priority

In two separate speeches over the last two weeksViviane Reding, European Commission Vice President for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, has stated that the new Data Protection Directive, which falls under her portfolio, is her “highest legislative priority.”

While Ms. Reding limits her remarks to the principles, or the 4 pillars, as she calls them, of the upcoming proposed rewrites, she closes her comments with a stern warning on the importance of enforcement, saying, “Last but not least, allow me to mention a very important point: enforcement. To be effective, data protection rights need to actually be enforced! To make this possible I want to reinforce the independence and harmonise the powers of national data protection authorities in our 27 Member States.”

The proposed, revised Data Protection Directive is schedule to be released for review this summer, followed by a period of public comment.  Last January, NAID-Europe already submitted comments on the “approach” to the revision in January.

Click here to access all of Commissioner Reding’s recent speeches.