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European Parliament Takes the Global Lead in Privacy Reform

Published: Wed, 12 March 2014

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Sean Kelly MEP, Co-author of Data Protection regulation welcomes vote                         

Sean Kelly MEP today hailed the “leadership and resolve” of the European Parliament in voting through the landmark proposals for European Data Privacy Law.

 “I was honoured to work on this reform for the past two years, as Industry Committee Rapporteur,” explained MEP Kelly, who has been shortlisted for MEP of the Year in the Digital Agenda category.

“We negotiated through over 3,500 amendments and through hundreds of hours of meetings, where each and every line of the law was dissected and teased out.

“It was a tremendous job of work and I am glad to confirm that my priorities of protecting children online, ensuring a single law to replace 64 laws across Europe, protecting SMEs from overburdensome red tape and ensuring that trust is maintained in the online world, have been achieved in the final text.

“I remain concerned about implications for health research and press freedom, however I feel that these can be resolved in negotiations with national governments,” he explained.

“This reform was voted by 621 in favour to only 10 against, which confirms the broad support for the work done by all involved in this enormous reform.

“This law will affect each and every one of the more than 500 million EU citizens across 28 member states and beyond, so we can stand tall and proud in the European Parliament today that MEPs have taken the lead in this reform,” he concluded.


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