New EU Commissioners with responsibility for data protection matters have been appointed by the President-Elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. In so called mission letters to the new Commissioners, Juncker explains that he expects rapid progress to be made on the adoption of the Data Protection Regulation, review of Safe Harbor and the so called umbrella agreement between the EU and US. He also states that review of the E-Privacy Directive may be necessary in the near future which could result in further reforms to the laws on cookie use.

Mission letters to the Commissioners – Vera Jourova , Gunther  Oettinger  and Andrus Ansip – September 2014