On October 21 st the European Parliament voted to strengthen Europe’s data protection laws. The last update on Europe’s data laws dates back to 1995. In the nearly two decades since then the changes in access and sharing of data have been enormous, and the European Parliament is set to catch up with them. EU Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, announced that the European Parliament has given its full support for a uniform European data protection law, which will reduce the costs for enterprises and reinforce the protection of citizens. In 2012 the European Commission suggested amendments, which included a “ right to be forgotten ” and a sanction of up to 2% of global turnover. Since then the parliament’s civil liberties committee has come up with almost 4,000 updates to the original proposal, making the changes both more realistic and more severe; for instance, the sanction augmented from 2% to 5% of global turnover of noncompliant companies. The parliament is also intent on limiting the access of the American government and companies to European citizen’s data. The total benefits of the new pan-European law are expected to amount to 2.3 billion euros per year.