New data protection rules: European Commission offers guidance

The European Commission has published guidance for what the national data protection authorities, national administrations and the Commission itself should do to successfully complete their preparations for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect in Europe on May 25.

In addition to the new, single set of data protection rules, directly applicable in all Member States, it requires significant adjustments in certain aspects, such as amending existing laws by EU governments or setting up the European Data Protection Board.

The Commission has also launched a new online tool dedicated to SMEs, to build awareness and support their compliance efforts.

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