At a time when digital giants like Google and Facebook are increasingly greedy for personal data, the 28 member states of the European Union have decided to unite to better fight against drifts. On Monday, they voted in favor of a unique corpus in which the various national legislations would be based.
Among the aspects present, there is in particular the right to be forgotten for the removal at the request of a citizen of links which are harmful to them or fines for offenders who may represent 2 or even 5% of the company's turnover. Is also mentioned the one stop shop which consists of the submission to the legislation of the country where the seat is located, with however the possibility of exceptions in the case of legitimate concerns. In the second case, the file will be examined by the regulators of all the member states.
In addition to protection for citizens, this is the simplification for companies which is highlighted by Vera Jourova, the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumer Rights and Gender Equality. No more contradictory decisions due to various laws.
If everything goes as planned, the adoption could take place before the end of the year.