IDG News Service (Brussels Bureau) — European politicians voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday in favor of new laws safeguarding citizens' data.
The new Data Protection Regulation was approved with 621 votes for, 10 against and 22 abstentions.
"The message the European Parliament is sending is unequivocal: This reform is a necessity, and now it is irreversible," said Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, who first proposed the law.
"Strong data protection rules must be Europe's trade mark. Following the U.S. data spying scandals, data protection is more than ever a competitive advantage," she said in a statement.