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GDPR ‘out of date’ and must be overhauled

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The post-Covid world needs new data protection laws, says architect of legislation

Three years after its introduction, GDPR is out of date, according to Axel Voss, one of the MEPs responsible for drafting the original legislation. In an interview with the Financial Times Voss said that GDPR ‘is not made for blockchain, facial or voice recognition, text and data mining, or artificial intelligence’, adding that ‘we cannot stick with principles established in the 80s that do not reflect the new situation we are living in’. The European Commission has suggested that small businesses are struggling with the rules, but another MEP involved in the regulation, Sophie in’t Veld, said that GDPR is a ‘very general piece of legislation that leaves lots of flexibility for implementation’, and that, after five years of preparation, ‘the idea that we have overlooked something is not plausible’. The European parliament is poised to celebrate GDPR as a ‘gold standard for the world’. 

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Three years after its introduction, GDPR is out of date, according to Axel Voss, one of the MEPs responsible for drafting the original legislation.

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