Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner said ahead of data protection day (which is on 28 January): “Data protection in the European Union is a fundamental right. Europe already has the highest level of data protection in the world. With the EU data protection reform which was proposed exactly two years ago – in January 2012 – Europe has the chance to make these rules a global gold standard. These rules will benefit citizens who want to be able to trust online services, and the small and medium sized businesses looking at a single market of more than 500 million consumers as an untapped opportunity. The European Parliament has led the way by voting overwhelmingly in favour of these rules. I wish to see full speed on data protection in 2014.” Vice-President Reding will deliver a key speech on data protection day, tomorrow at 11 CET at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) calling for “A new Data Protection Compact for Europe”. Here to read more.