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Institutions agree on data protection reforms

The European Council and European Parliament have reached an agreement on EU data protection reforms following years of negotiation.

The reform comprises two legislative instruments: a general data protection regulation, which is intended to give people greater control over their personal data while cutting red tape for businesses, and a data protection directive concerning criminal justice. 

The European Commission said the agreed legislation will make it easier for people to obtain information on how their data is being used and to exercise their right to demand that companies delete their data. It also said the legislation will establish a single set of data protection rules for businesses to follow in Europe and a single European supervisory authority. 

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