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Brussels, 6 July 2011

Statement by Vice-President Reding on the European Parliament's vote on the Voss report

The European Parliament approved a report by German Christian Democrat Axel Voss today that supports the Commission’s reform of the 1995 Data Protection Directive. The report states that people must be able to have their data easily deleted, corrected or blocked and be informed about any misuse or lapses in data protection.

Commenting on the Voss report, European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner, said:

"Putting people back in control of their personal data is a priority for me, and I welcome the European Parliament's support for this approach. I would also like to thank Mr. Voss in particular for his excellent report.

The Commission is currently working on draft legislation to modernise the current EU rules on data protection. The European Parliament's report will help us prepare these proposals.

With our new proposal, we will reduce the current fragmentation of the EU legal framework, reinforce the internal market dimension of data protection and strengthen the rights of individuals.

An important part of the reform will be improving data security. Just recently, we witnessed a massive security theft in online gaming services affecting millions of users around the world. This incident highlights why companies need to reinforce the security of the information they hold. Frequent incidents of data security breaches risk undermining consumers' trust in the online economy.

Companies should tighten their precautions against identity theft and better protect consumers' personal data. They should immediately notify breaches of data security and confidentiality.

I intend to introduce a mandatory requirement to notify data security breaches for all sectors."

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