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October 6 2015

New Director Of Spain 's Data Protection Authority Announces Her Strategy

Following her appointment on 24 July, Mar Espa?a Mart�, the new Director of Spain 's national Data Protection Authority (Agencia Espa?ola de Protecci�n de Datos - AEPD), was introduced to the media at the AEPD 's office in Madrid by Justice Minister, Rafael Catal�. Mart� announced her plans for her four-year term. She declared her intention to foster a proactive data protection culture in preparation for the EU General Data Protection Regulation. In her view, the AEPD has too often been perceived by stakeholders only as a sanctioning body and she declared that it is now time to demonstrate the commitment of Spanish society to the right to privacy. For this reason, the Agency needs to become more proactive and engage with public and private actors, and other stakeholders, including individuals, to foster innovation compatible with the respect for privacy. She will be looking for an equilibrium between the right to privacy and the demand for transparency and information.