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GDPR - A New Age in Data Privacy

Brussels, 25 May 2018 – Today BSA | The Software Alliance welcomes the entry into force of the much-anticipated new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which is the most significant change to European Union (“EU”) privacy law in decades and replaces the 1995 Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC).

The GDPR is designed to harmonize data privacy laws across the EU, as part of its overarching goal to create a "digital single market", guarantee legal consistency across all Member States and increase the certainty and trust towards businesses.

“BSA has worked closely with the European Commission and other stakeholders to ensure the GDPR addresses privacy concerns without undermining innovation that can improve lives and create jobs” says Thomas Boué, Director General, Policy – EMEA.

With the introduction of robust requirements for data protection, security, and compliance, when collecting and analyzing data tied to EU citizens no matter where it is processed or stored, the GDPR has sparked deliberations concerning data protection and privacy the world over, both on government and industry level.

“While there is no universal approach to privacy, the GDPR is a compass for future privacy rules and an important step forward for clarifying and protecting individual privacy rights. It is important that the law works as intended, by successfully harmonizing data protection laws throughout the EU,” concludes Boué.


BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.

With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.


Michael O’Brien

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