Commissioner Jourova demands that EU member states respect the 'spirit of the GDPR'

21 May 2019
On the eve of the one year anniversary of the entry into force of the GDPR, EU Commissioner Jourova publicly asked member states to respect to the letter and the spirit of the GDPR. According to Euractiv, this declaration came up as a number of countries, such as Greece and Portugal, have yet to adopt laws to fully comply with the GDPR. Jourova also added that the Irish data protection authority had the "most difficult task" among all.

Explore the issues

Privacy and data protection are two interrelated Internet governance issues. Data protection is a legal mechanism that ensures privacy. Privacy is usually defined as the right of any citizen to control their own personal information and to decide about it (to disclose information or not). Privacy is a fundamental human right. It is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in many other international and regional human rights conventions. The July 2015 appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age reflects the rising importance of privacy in global digital policy, and the recognition of the need to address privacy rights issues the the global, as well as national levels.


The GIP Digital Watch observatory is provided by



and members of the GIP Steering Committee


GIP Digital Watch is operated by

Scroll to Top