Following on from the short press release regarding political agreement having been reached, further details are emerging of what the new General Data Protection Regulation (and its parallel, the Data Protection Directive for the criminal and justice sector).

There are intriguing additions to the material now available, including reference to member states’ ability to set the age of consent for minors for social networks to somewhere between 13 and 16 (likely to have been a compromise position given the UK’s opposition to the previous position).  There are also references to the lighter-touch regime which will apply to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and examples of how the new regime will both benefit individuals and businesses.