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Visit of Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, to Romania
Shaping Europe’s Digital Future

Creating a Europe fit for the digital age is one of the European Commission's main priorities for 2019-2024

The importance of technology, connectivity and cybersecurity in everyday life has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The introduction of lockdowns to prevent the virus spreading meant society became dependent on digital technologies like never before.

In an effort to save lives and ease the pressure on hospitals, millions of people began working remotely from home while much of our shopping, socialising and learning activities was done using computers and mobile devices.

Even crucial public services became accessible online and the pandemic provided a glimpse of both the possibilities and potential vulnerabilities of technology and digitisation.

It has been a new experience for many, but even before the coronavirus struck the European Commission had already made creating a Europe fit for the digital age one of its main priorities for 2019-2024.

Malta's Digital Life

Digital strategy for Malta

Digital Decade

Data Protection

Every day terabytes of information passes across the internet including private, personal data.

Under EU rules personal data can only be gathered for a legitimate purpose, under strict legal conditions, and anybody who collects and manages personal information must protect it from misuse.

Data protection was enhanced across the EU in 2018 through the General Data Protection Regulation

(GDPR). This regulation gives individuals the right to request a copy of any personal data organisations may be holding about them. Citizens also have the right to have their data erased swiftly under the GDPR, and companies and organisations have to follow strict rules when it comes to data processing.

In 2020 the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy presented a new EU Cybersecurity Strategy.

The new strategy aims to safeguard a global and open Internet by developing tools to ensure security and protect European values as well as the fundamental rights of everyone.

Data protection in the EU

Two years of the GDPR

Questions and answers on the Cybersecurity Strategy

Information and Data Protection Commissioner, Malta

Digital Actions