European Commission publishes guidance on the General Data Protection Regulation and launches a new online tool for businesses


In view of the upcoming entry into application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May 2018, the European Commission launched a new dedicated website gathering all relevant information on the new European data protection rules, to help facilitating the implementation of the law, in particular for SMEs.

While there are only 100 days left before the new GDPR rules will apply, considerable work still has to be done both by businesses and relevant national authorities to ensure consistent EU-wide compliance. As underlined in the European Commission’s press release, only two Member States have adopted the relevant national legislations at this stage.

The GDPR, which enables the free flow of data across the European Union by creating one set of data protection rules for all across the EU, requires important adjustments in legislation and business practices. With the launch of this website and the guidance, the European Commission has for ambition to take stock of the progress made so far and outline the work ahead for national administrations and national data authorities. It also proposes new practical online tools to help businesses and citizens navigate the new privacy rules and raise awareness about the benefits of complying rapidly to the regulation.

Ecommerce Europe actively participates in ensuring a smooth and proper transition towards the new rules both at European level and through our national member associations, with dedicated workshops and online tools developed at national level. The European e-commerce association regularly engages with the EU regulators through roundtables that are organized by the European Commission. The next high-level Business Roundtable organized by the European Commission will take place on 30 January and Ecommerce Europe will have the opportunity to have an exchange of views with the Commission Vice-President Ansip and Commissioners Jourová and Gabriel, together with other business associations. This Roundtable will cover the challenges for companies in implementing the GDPR, the adoption of the Commission’s GDPR guidance, the state of play of the ePrivacy Regulation and the Privacy Shield.

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