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By Stephen Gardner. The Council of the European Union April 8 signed off on the bloc's landmark General Data Protection Regulation.

The formal agreement to the text of the GDPR by the council—which represents the EU's 28 member states—was the latest step in the ratification process, following an initial sign-off from the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) in December 2015 after the regulation was informally agreed by parliament and council negotiators.

LIBE will vote again April 12 to confirm its approval of the text, ahead of the European Parliament plenary vote.

Thereafter, the GDPR is likely to be published in the EU Official Journal in May, and would apply across the EU in May 2018, following a two-year transition period.

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