No News Doesn’t Mean It’s Gone Away: Timing Update For The EU Data Protection Regulation


With no major legislative milestones since the March 2014 EU Parliamentary vote endorsing the LIBE draft of the new Data Protection Legislation, observers from outside the EU might understandably wonder whether the legislative process has derailed somehow. But it hasn't – the train has just pulled over to a siding while the summer break passes. It will build up a new head of steam when the new Parliament holds its first plenary session in mid-September 2014.

To recap the legislative process, the EU Commission, Parliament and Council all need to agree on the final wording of the new Regulation. The EU Commission put forth a first draft in 2012 and the Parliament proposed a much more pro-individual draft in March 2014. It's now the turn of the Council of the European Union (a non-elected group of representatives of the governments of the 28 Member States of the EU) to consider the draft Regulation and propose its version. Then a "tri-logue" will follow, during which the three branches of the EU government will try to agree upon a final form of the Regulation.

Some of the delay in finalizing the Regulation is...

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