European Commission releases statement ahead of GDPR’s second anniversary

On 25 May 2020, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) celebrates its second year of application. To mark the occasion,  Vice President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová and  Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders, issued a statement indicating that ‘within two years, these rules have not only shaped the way we deal with our personal data in Europe, but has also become a reference point at global level on privacy. In an environment increasingly relying on the processing of data, the GDPR ensures that citizens have more control over their personal data and sets at the same time a framework for trustworthy innovation. GDPR is a cornerstone of the European digital transition. During the past two years, citizens and businesses have become more aware of the importance of data protection. The Commission has supported this growing awareness through online communication efforts such as our web guidance that 4.3 million businesses and citizens consulted over the last two years.’