15.06.2015

GDPR: Presidency's proposal for a General Approach (updated)

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation) - Preparation of a general approach (pdf; document dated 11.6.2015, GDPR draft as of 9.6.2015):
[...] With a view to providing the Presidency with a mandate to engage in negotiations with the representatives of the European Parliament, the Council is invited to approve the text of the General Data Protection Regulation as it appears in annex as a General Approach.

The Council will try to reach a general approach on the whole draft regulation setting out a general EU framework for data protection. This general approach will constitute the basis for negotiations with the European Parliament in order to agree the final text of the regulation. [Source: @EUCouncilPress]

Updates 15.06.2015:
On 15 June 2015, the Council reached a general approach on the general data protection regulation that establishes rules adapted to the digital era. The twin aims of this regulation are to enhance the level of personal data protection for individuals and to increase business opportunities in the Digital Single Market. [...]
A general approach means that the Council has a political agreement on the basis of which it can now begin negotiations with the European Parliament with a view to reaching overall agreement on new EU data protection rules. A first trilogue with the Parliament is planned for 24 June 2015. [...]
Source: Council, press release

Futurezone: Für Österreich stimmte Justizminister Wolfgang Brandstetter (ÖVP) gegen den Text. Er begründete dies mit dem hohen österreichischen Datenschutzniveau, welches nicht verwässert werden dürfe.