The European Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC shall remain effective until 24 May 2018. It was adopted in 1995 by the European Parliament and the Council with the objective of protecting the privacy of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data. In this respect, the Directive contains guidelines on the minimum standard of protection which has been implemented nationally in the Member States.
The scope of application of the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC has been laid down in Art. 3 and 4. Art. 3 regulates the scope of the Directive and requires that it is to be applied when processing of personal data in whole or in part is automated or when non-automated processing of personal data that are stored or shall be stored in a filing system is carried out. The implementation of the Directive 95/46/EC took place in the individual Member States through national legislation, as required by Art. 4. To this extent, national data protection laws, which had their origin in the Data Protection Directive, are in force in all EU Member States. Directive 95/46/EC will be superseded by the General Data Protection Regulation on 25 May 2018.