Ministers in the Justice Council have sealed an overall agreement on the Data Protection Directive for the police and criminal justice sector. This Directive will provide a fundamental right for citizens of data protection when law enforcement authorities process data. At the same time, the Directive will reduce the administrative burdens on authorities needing to use personal data for law enforcement purposes, allowing them to use the same set of data protection rules whatever the origin of the personal data.
This development brings the EU one step closer to achieving its aim of a finalised data protection reform by the end of 2015. The next stage in the legislative process will be trialogue discussions between the Commission, Parliament and Council of the EU which are due to begin later this month.