Article 11, Data protection and data sovereignty: The right to the protection of personal data is a very important one nowadays. Nevertheless, European Commission has already worked on this theme and has proposed a regulation and a directive which each provide exactly the protection discussed in article 11 of the digital charter proposal.
The regulation and the directive have already entered in force. The regulation 2016/679 will be applied in 2018, whereas and the member states have until the 8th of May 2018 to transpose the directive 2016/680.
The directive designates the right to the protection of private data as a fundamental right in its preamble. It makes no doubt that the European Council and the European Parliament have made a text which protects the individuals and their data properly.
It is to be noted, that the directive in its Article 39 specifies the importance to protect data that could have a direct impact on an individual’s fundamental rights, such as data related to information on racial or ethnic origins for example.