Europe’s Transition to New Regulation

Europe is embarking on a multi-year process to implement a new data protection regime that will harmonise enforcement and influence the development of law and practice in the balance of the world. The basic law will be guided and informed by a Data Protection Board created by the legislation. That board will be supported by the EDPS. The Foundation will conduct research, publish papers and facilitate discussion to inform the European policy process. The Foundation will place a special emphasis on effective governance on new data applications that require new governance approaches.

In the course of these developments, the project seeks to accomplish the following:

  • Research mechanisms for effectively balancing issues when using legal basis such as legitimate interests.
  • Monitor the implementation of processes of the new regulation.
  • Examine the impacts of the law on accountability-based governance.
  • Encourage workable processes in the transition to the new regulation in Europe.

For more information, contact Marty Abrams at and Peter Cullen at

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