Personal Data


This question relates to individual privacy, in terms of data protection and communications safety. Developments of a frontier free Internal Market and of the so called 'information society' increase flows of personal data (among Member States, between private households and companies or among private households).
Article 8 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union expressly recognizes the fundamental right to the protection of personal data. In order to remove potential obstacles to the flows of Personal Data and to ensure a high level of protection within the EU, data protection legislation has been harmonised. The Commission also engages in dialogues with non-EU countries in order to insure a high level of protection when exporting personal data to third countries.
In a policy assessment it has to be qualified in how far a EU policy options impacts the protection of private data or communication safety and whether policy options meet the privacy rights guaranteed in the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Guiding Question

Does the option involve the processing of personal data or the concerned individual’s right of access to personal data?

Relevant Policies

Communication on a comprehensive strategy on data protection (2010)
Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
For a complete overview on EU fundamental rights, policies and case law regarding the privacy of individuals, please consult:


DG Home Affairs:

Web Resources

Further sources of data

Please link to other sources of data, e.g. important reports, annual reports etc.  

Further sources of information

Please link to relevant information sources, the relevant Directorate General, EU agencies, International Organizations, think tanks, etc.



To the best of the LIAISE team's knowledge, there are no indicators in the Eurostat database or in any other authoritative publicly available databases that are directly related to this key question. Users are invited to contribute their own knowledge to this topic by contacting the LIAISE toolbox team.