The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been approved by the European Parliament today. The Parliament did not make any amendments or proposals to the European Council’s final text which was published last week.

A very happy Jan Philipp Albrecht declared this vote as a “huge step forward” for the fundamental rights of individuals in the new digital economy.

So what’s next: There is one final (small) hurdle of administration before the GDPR is in effect. The text of the GDPR needs to be published in the Official Journal and will then take effect twenty days from this publication. The two year “transition” period will then be triggered, which means that the new law will enter into force around mid 2018.

The final text can be found here.