EU Refers Greece and Spain to Court for Failure to Enact Data Protection Laws



The European Commission decided on Thursday to refer Greece and Spain to the European Court of Justice, since the two countries have so far not incorporated the well-known “GDPR Data Protection Directive” into their national laws.

In fact, the Commission is calling on the Court to impose a fine of €5,287.50 on Greece for every single day that has passed since May 6, 2018; a total of €21,321 will be billed per day to Spain for the same infraction.

May 6, 2018 was the deadline imposed by the EU on its national governments to incorporate the directive into their national laws.

The nations of Greece and Spain are the only countries which have not yet complied, and they will face a series of fines imposed by the EU until they do so.

”The protection of personal data is a fundamental right enshrined in the “Charter of Fundamental Rights” of the EU. The aim of the Directive is ensure a high level of protection of personal data while facilitating exchanges of personal data between national law enforcement authorities,” the European Commission said in its statement on the issue.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which have been in effect across the EU since the May 25, 2018 have as their main aim to offer more control to individuals over their personal data which is provided to others.