EU Council Committed To Finalise Its Position On EU General Data Protection Regulation


Earlier this month the EU Council took significant steps to progress the long-awaited General Data Protection Regulation by reaching a partial general approach on specific issues of the draft. In its meetings of 12 and 13 March, compromise was reached on key elements of the Council's approach, including in relation to the "one-stop shop" mechanism and the general principles protecting personal data. EU ministers have called for the next meeting of the Council in June to be the forum for finalising its general approach.

According to the Council's publication summarising the outcome of the meeting, the Council's approach is that the one-stop shop mechanism should play a role in "important cross-border cases", providing for "cooperation and joint decision-making" between the various data protection authorities concerned. The jointly agreed decision would be adopted by the data protection authority best placed to deliver the most effective protection from the perspective of the data subject, with a view to "ensure consistent application, provide legal certainty and reduce administrative burden".

Ministers have endorsed a set of principles for lawful, fair and transparent data processing, in which emphasis has been placed on the processing of special categories of personal data.

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