GDPR year one overall positive but countries should not diverge: EU report

The European Union’s general data protection regulation has pushed companies to improve their compliance with privacy standards and has made individuals more aware of their privacy rights and how to seek redress, according to a European Commission report on the first year of the law.

The GDPR, which took effect on May 25, 2018, has also created a more standardised rulebook for the EU’s 28 countries and has inspired non-EU countries to adopt similar privacy rights and laws, said the bloc’s top data protection official, Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova. However, there was a risk of some EU governments going beyond the GDPR and introducing additional rules in specific areas that might undermine the law’s harmonisation goal, Jourova said.

Full article published at Bloomberg Law.