Protection of personal data - Justice
Whenever you open a bank account, join a social networking website or book a flight online, you hand over vital personal information such as your name, address, and credit card number. What happens to this data? Could it fall into the wrong hands? Under EU law, personal data can only be gathered legally under strict conditions, for a legitimate purpose. Every day within the EU, businesses, public authorities and individuals transfer vast amounts of personal data across borders. Therefore, common EU rules have been established to ensure that your personal data enjoys a high standard of protection everywhere in the EU. The EU's Data Protection Directive also foresees specific rules for the transfer of personal data outside the EU to ensure the best possible protection of your data when it is exported abroad.