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The general data protection regulation applies in all Member States from 25 May 2018

The general data protection regulation (GDPR) is applicable from 25 May 2018, 2 years after the EU agreed to a major reform of its data protection framework.

The regulation replaces the 20-year-old Directive 95/46/EC. By setting a global data protection standard, it will strengthen the EU internal market, benefiting both citizens and businesses.

The GDPR is going to give EU citizens more control over their own personal data, improving their security both online and offline.

Furthermore, the new right to data portability (allowing individuals to move their personal data from one service provider to another) will favour start-ups and smaller companies, which could attract more consumers with privacy-friendly solutions.

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Published: 24.5.2018