On September 17, 2013, during the 4th Annual European Data Protection Conference -Brussels, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, pointed out that it is time to drive the institutions towards an agreement regarding the data protection regulation, because, under this reform, the Union will be able to equip it itself with a set of rules fit for the 21st century.

The data protection reform will restore the trust of European citizens by putting them back in control of their data. In addition, the reform will boost growth by opening the EU’s market in data. It is a key building block of the Digital Single Market.

The data protection reform proposed by the Commission in January 2012 is going to provide a response to both these issues: to Europeans’ concerns about PRISM as well as the underlying lack of trust.

In fact, under the reform, as the data is collected in the Union, the Union can establish safeguards. The Data Protection Regulation is the Union’s response to fear of surveillance. It is the answer to the impression that nothing can be done.

Moreover, the Data Protection Regulation introduces new concepts such as data protection by design and data protection impact assessments. The goal is to make sure that businesses and national administrations do not collect and use more personal data than they need. This should help to restore trust.