1 January 2022
Following the adoption of an updated data protection framework by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation on 30 June 2021, the new EPO Data Protection Rules (DPR) enter into force today.
The new DPR lay the foundations for modern, integrated data protection legislation at the EPO. Bringing the EPO into line with the principles and key requirements of international best practices in the area of data protection, they are an essential step in strengthening individuals' fundamental rights in the digital age and guarantee all EPO staff, users and the general public that the same standard of protection of personal data will apply to all data processing activities carried out by the EPO.
The new framework applies to data processing operations that were initiated on or after 1 July 2021. A six-month transitional period until 1 July 2022 will also apply to enable pre-adoption data protection operations to be brought into line with the new framework.