At the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2023 in Brussels, policymakers discussed the impact of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) five years after its implementation. Jennifer Bryant, a staff writer at IAPP, considers some of the different opinions on the GDPR's successes and challenges.
While European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders views the GDPR as the "world's flagship privacy law," German MEP Axel Voss pointed out several issues with the GDPR, including a lack of harmony among member states and a lack of guidelines and legal clarity. Voss suggested that a better approach to data privacy would be to allow businesses to do what they want while safeguarding citizens' privacy. However, the European Commission Head of Unit Data Protection, Directorate General for Justice and Consumers, Olivier Micol, noted that the GDPR has provided the foundation for other digital legislation and should be judged based on its objectives.
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