Keynote speech at ‘EU Data Protection 2015 Regulation Meets Innovation’ event
San Francisco, 8 December 2015
“First, with or without the GDPR, for all sectors of society and the economy, data protection has become more serious than ever before.
Second, with or without the GDPR, data protection has gone, is going, and will continue to go truly global.
But – my third point, the GDPR will be a game changer, and you hold the key role in making it a success.
Next week – just in time for Christmas – we expect the Parliament and Council to reach a political agreement on the GDPR (progress on agreeing the directive is taking a bit longer).
Final adoption of the regulation will take a few more months – April or May 2016 would be a good guess, and it will become fully applicable in about two years – around Spring 2018.”