European Union to propose cross-nation data protection plan

European Union to propose cross-nation data protection plan

Data security is among the most pressing issues plaguing businesses and internet users in every nation, prompting the European Union to propose a plan that could change data protection regulation in 27 member countries.

Speaking at the recent Europe Data Protection Congress in Paris, Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice, said the EU will present legislation early next year that would create a single regulatory body for data protection across all 27 Member States.

"Everyone expects a strong, consistent and future-proof framework for data protection, with consistent rules across all Member States and across all [EU] policies," Reding said. "We need a framework for privacy that protects consumers and encourages the digital economy. Privacy and data protection are also fundamental rights in Europe and part of the EU Treaties and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights."

According to Reding, the proposal calls for legislation that allows businesses to follow universal compliance regulations, while operating in multiple nations, and for companies to be increasingly forthcoming about the security of individuals' personal data. Seventy percent of Europeans are concerned about how organizations use their data, the report said.

Additionally, a recent global survey by a internet security company revealed that 34 percent of companies have lost data needed for compliance, and 37 percent of respondents reported that employees have accidentally lost data.