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Data Protection

The Issue

Data Protection rules for member countries of the European Union are currently being modernised. We’re working with the European Small Business Alliance (ESBA) to lobby MEPs to make sure the approximately 23 million small firms across the EU are not hurt by changes to data protection laws.

Action FSB have taken

  • We’re working with ESBA to ensure small businesses do not suffer from changes to EU data protection laws.
  • We’re lobbying for MEPs and the member states to understand the potential implications of changes in data protection laws, on small firms across the EU.

Our Goal

Small businesses across the EU look for one set of data protection rules to make sure they can start or continue investing in European jobs and innovation. We want MEPs to modernise current data protection rules, while ensuring small firms are not over-burdened by the changes. This will allow them to continue to grow and expand.

Achievements in...



  • We’re working with ESBA to ensure an exemption on the Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) and Data Protection Officer (DPO). This would mean small firms which only process data as a secondary activity, or do not process any data at all, would be exempt from the costly assessments and a DPO.
  • We’re looking at authorities to provide small businesses with clear and simple checklists for compliance.
  • We think fines should only be given to small firms that make no effort to comply, when they are found to be in breach of the new EU data protection rules.

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