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EU agrees on new rules on personal data

BRUSSELS, The EU Council of ministers, which represents the 28 EU states, and the European Parliament Wednesday agreed on a new regulation on the handling of personal data by EU institutions and other European bodies.

The new rules are aligned with the EU’s general data protection regulation (GDPR) which enters into force on Friday, May 25, noted an EU statement today.

The new provisions will apply to data processing by Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies. They will increase the protection of personal data and ensure a free flow of that data between the institutions and the different bodies, insofar as it is necessary.

“The new rules on data protection for EU institutions further update the Union’s data protection regime. It is an important signal for citizens: tighter rules on data protection are for everybody, including the EU institutions themselves,” said Tsetska Tsacheva, Bulgarian minister of Justice, whose country holds the current EU Presidency, in press statements.

However, the EU police agency, Europol, and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office are, for the time being, excluded from this regulation. A review will be conducted by the European Commission in 2022.

Meanwhile, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg apologized to the European Parliament in a meeting with the EP’s political groups’ leaders Tuesday evening for the company’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and for allowing fake news to proliferate on its platform.

Source: Kuwait News Agency