The proposal for the new European data protection regulation has been an issue for quite a while now – and now it seems as if that will be the case for longer than we hoped… Last Thursday, the council of ministers could not agree on mutual standards and the most important points in the data protection regulation.
The ash cloud and data cloud have had much in common: both have had global implications and may have caused Europe falling outside a major technological revolution. There is a strong collision between two conflicting normative models: the European model and the American model about privacy. For an American, it is not a "fundamental right" recognized by the Constitution.
A timeline towards the publication of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation is a crucial factor for companies looking for EU wide data protection compliance and perhaps new opportunities of data processing. The current activities of the respective committee give an idea of when the harmonised set of rules will be applicable in the member states.