“The game-changing rules [of GDPR] have not only made Europe fit for the digital age, they have also become a global reference point,” say Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market and Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.

“The main aim of the rules has been to empower people and help them to gain more control over their personal data. This is already happening as people are starting to use their new rights and more than two-third of Europeans have heard of the regulation.”

“Also, companies now benefit from one set of rules applying throughout our Union. They have put their house in order when it comes to data, which led to increased data security and a trust-based relationship with their clients.”

“The new law has become Europe’s regulatory floor that shapes our response in many other areas.”

“The principles of the GDPR are also radiating beyond Europe. From Chile to Japan, from Brazil to South Korea, from Argentina to Kenya, we are seeing new privacy laws emerge, based on strong safeguards, enforceable individual rights, and independent supervisory authorities.”

Read the EC’s press release.