Two reports strongly supporting EU data protection were presented at the European Parliament

The European Commission welcomed the presentation of two draft reports on the reform of the EU's data protection rules proposed by the European Commission just a year ago by two MEPs. These two MEPs stress in the reports the need for a high level of protection for all data processing activities in the European Union to ensure more legal certainty, clarity and consistency.

Jan-Philipp Albrecht, MEP responsible for the proposed Data Protection Regulation for the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) of the European Parliament, and, Dimitrios Droutsas, MEP responsible for the proposed Data Protection Directive for the law enforcement sector, expressed their full support for a coherent and robust data protection framework with strong end enforceable rights for individuals. In July 2011, the Commission consulted on how to better notify the personal data breaches.

The European Commission welcomed the presentation of these two reports. Commission's Vice-President Viviane Reding, and EU's Justice Commissioner showed herself glad to see that the European Parliament responsible for the reports are supporting the Commission's aim to strengthen Europe's data protection rules which currently date back to 1995 – pre-Internet age. According to Ms Reding, a strong, clear and uniform legal framework will help unleashing the potential of the Digital Single Market and foster economic growth, innovation and job creation in Europe.

Some of the amendments to the Commission's proposal which the rapporteurs of the Parliament are proposing in their reports aim at reinforcing individuals' rights, including the right to be forgotten, says the Commission. This European institution highlights that in their reports on the Commission's proposals for a general Data Protection Regulation and a Directive for the law enforcement sector the Members of the European Parliament support the proposed package approach. They also stress the need to advance negotiations swiftly on both instruments at the same time.