• DecemberEU institutions finally agree the new data protection law and the outcome for research is positive. Formal votes to take place in 2016, and the Regulation to be applicable two years from the date it enters into force

    JuneCouncil of the European Union approves their full draft of the GDPR (their 'General Approach')

    Trilogue process of negotiations begins between the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the European Union

  • JuneUK Government publishes: Review of the balance of competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union: Information Rights

    This agreed text is much more positive for research than the Parliament’s position as it includes important derogations for scientific purposes

    MarchPlenary session of European Parliament passes the amendments proposed by European Parliament Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee

  • DecemberLIBE committee agrees its text of the Draft Regulation. Approval of the text comes after months of negotiations between the various parliamentary committees

    We believe some of the amendments, especially to Articles 81 and 83, may prove detrimental to the execution of scientific research

    MayPHG Foundation signs a joint statement coordinated by the Wellcome Trust: Impact of the draft European Data Protection Regulation and  proposed amendments from the rapporteur of the LIBE committee on scientific research

  • JanuaryEuropean Commission releases data protection legislative framework proposal for GDPR, intended to replace the Data Protection Directive

  • OctoberData Protection Directive comes into force