Ireland will be a key player in protecting EU citizens' data, says Justice Commissioner
The EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourová, said yesterday that Ireland is set to become the key country in Europe over the coming years in protecting the data of EU citizens.
"Due to the fact that the main users of personal data of all Europeans are based in Ireland, there is an agreement that the Irish Data Protection Authority will do more in relation to checking whether the correct protections were in place and whether the rules were breached," she told the Irish Independent.
Ms Jourová, inset, said it was vital for national authorities to implement new guidelines, adding that the Commission was taking steps to ensure the new directive was rigorously enforced at national level.
The new regulations will mean that companies who are accessing the data of customers will be required to receive express permission to use that data for other purposes.
But she insisted that individual citizens had a responsibility to know their rights.
She added that national authorities had a responsibility to raise awareness on the rights that citizens should expect.
"We need to have Data Protection Commisioners who are very active vis-a-vis the consumers and to use good, understandable awareness campaign so that people understand what their new rights are."