Moscow. December 16. The European Union is preparing to introduce common standards of data protection on the Internet: on Tuesday, the representatives of member States of the EU, European Parliament and European Commission after four years of negotiations, agreed on the compromise.
According to Deutsche Welle, in the future users will have more control over their data, in particular, Google and Facebook. They will be easier to wash on their information.
New rules that the European media called the most important act of the year, should enter into force by early 2017, writes The New York Times. They will replace the standards for 20 years – since 1995.
“New pan-European rules is good for citizens and good for business, – the representative of the European Commission for justice Vera Yurova. – All will benefit from clear rules that meet the requirements of the digital era”.
“Right to be forgotten” – to stop issuing links search engines at the request of citizens is officially recognized as one of the pillars of the European legislation on personal data.
If providers violate the new rules, they will threaten fines of up to 4% of annual sales in the world. Among the violations included unauthorized use of personal data, including obtaining access to the information without the user’s permission.
Companies are required to inform national regulatory authorities about the data breach within three days is a requirement of the EU is much tougher proposals of the U.S. government.
European rules apply to all companies with customers or users in the EU, even if the company itself is based outside of the block.
“The European approach to privacy are much stricter than in the US – says an expert on high-tech sector in the London branch of law firm Linklaters Peter Crunch. – There is a fundamental difference in mentality on this issue”.
Children and adolescents up to 16 years of age must obtain parental consent before using such social networks as Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and others, if the relevant member state of the EU will not lower this threshold for their citizens to 13 years.