Ireland Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes has said new EU laws to be introduced in January will strengthen EU citizens’ control over their personal data. In a column for the Irish Examiner, Hawkes wrote that personal data should always be protected, even outside the EU. The proposed legislation will provide a single set of rules for data protection across the EU; better access to personal data; the “right to be forgotten”; data protection rules for companies—such as Google and Facebook—doing business in EU markets, and additional power to independent data protection authorities.
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