Data Protection Day welcomed by European Commission

The Commission has welcomed the 2019 Data Protection Day taking place today, 28th January.

To mark the occasion on Monday, the commission's First Vice-President Timmermans, Vice-President Ansip and Commissioners Jourová and Gabriel issued a joint statement.

It reads, “This year Data Protection Day comes eight months after the entry into application of the General Data Protection Regulation on 25 May 2018. We are proud to have the strongest and most modern data protection rules in the world, which are becoming a global standard."

It goes on, "The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica case and recent data breaches have shown that we are doing the right thing. 

"What is at stake is not only the protection of our privacy, but also the protection of our democracies and ensuring the sustainability of our data-driven economies. One of the main aims of the General Data Protection Regulation is to empower people and give them more control over one of the most valuable resources in modern economy - their data. 

"We can only reach this goal if and when people have become fully aware of their rights and the consequences of their decisions. We are already beginning to see the positive effects of the new rules. Citizens have become more conscious of the importance of data protection and of their rights. And they are now exercising these rights, as national Data Protection Authorities see in their daily work. 

"They have by now received more than 95,000 complaints from citizens. (…) There is a clear convergence at international level towards a modern data protection regime. 

"This facilitates data exchanges and supports trade. The best example is the recent adoption of our mutual adequacy findings with Japan. With this, we have created the world’s largest area of free and safe data flows. Today, Europe is not only ensuring strong privacy rules at home, we are leading the way globally.

Meanwhile, on Monday the Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, will visit Nicosia, Cyprus, where he will meet with Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, and participate in a citizens dialogue on the Future of Europe and tomorrow’s megatrends. 

During his visit, the Vice-President will also meet Averof Neophytou, President of the Democratic Rally (DISY) party and attend a working dinner with the representatives of DISY on Sunday.

On Monday, the Vice-President will meet  Savvas Angelides, Minister of Defence,  Harris Georgiades, Minister of Finance, Mr Demetris Syllouris, President of the House of Representatives, Yiorgos Lillikas, Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Foreign and European Affairs and Angelos Votsis, Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Financial and Budgetary Affairs. 

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