Hey, Obsessive EU Reg Watchers– Yes, There’s an App for That.

Want to compare the various lawmakers’ texts for the EU proposed data protection reg? Probably not so much with each having an average word count of 28,000–that’s 1,628 and a half tweets, people!

Well, there’s good news; there’s an app for that!

The free mobile app, dubbed EU Data Protection, was rolled out on the same day that European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli submitted his recommendations to EU legislators negotiating the final text of the General Data Protection Regulation.

The GDPR would unify data protection within the European Union under a single law and could potentially affect “all individuals in the EU,” Buttarelli said.

Given the monstrous length of the proposed texts—the average word count of the versions drafted by the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the EU was 28,000 words, even the slimmed version drafted by the EDPS reached 20,000 words—the new app will provide users with a simple way to compare the various versions. 

In June, the EU Article 29 Working Party of data protection officials from the 28 EU member states reminded negotiators to not lose sight of setting strong privacy protections.

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