Data Protection Regulation: is the end game finally nigh?

Data Protection Regulation: is the end game finally nigh?

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning: Winston Churchill

During the past three years or so, I've destroyed a fair amount of (valuable) brain matter trying to work out where the reforms to the EU's data protection laws sat at any one point in Mr Churchill's handy timeline.

It is fair to say that my opinion has varied on almost a daily, if not hourly, basis.

So while the world has got on with creating gargantuan amounts of data, the process of agreeing the new General Data Protection Regulation has seen a succession of ups and downs and, to no-one's surprise, an equally gargantuan amount of legislative amendments. Last time we checked they counted in the thousands.

However, it does seem as though progress is being made.


The end is indeed nigh.

So where exactly are we now?

In a trilogue.

If you unaware of what this means—and most people are given that there is no express mention of it in the EU treaties—this is where the Council, Commission and European Parliament lock themselves in a stuffy room to hammer out the final form version of the new General Data Protection Regulation.

No formal minutes are taken, nobody outside the room really knows what is going on in it and, even more surprisingly, people often don't even know where the meetings are taking place (well except for the attendees

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