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EU Parliament approves data protection law

After four years of deliberation the European Parliament has approved new data protection legislation in the EU.

The General Data Protection Regulation will introduce the ‘right to be forgotten’, where personal data no longer in use or relevant must be deleted, as well as the right to transfer personal data to a new service provider.

Organisations will need to obtain a ‘clear and affirmative consent’ from individuals before processing their personal data, and national data protection regulators will also have more powers of enforcement, including the ability to issue fines of up to four per cent of a company’s global annual turnover.

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