In a landmark decision, the European Union has promised users the legal right to be "forgotten" on the internet.
Under the proposed plans, the European Union will pass this legislation across all 27 member states, cutting out much of the red tape affecting business and law enforcement.
"To guarantee this right, we need clear and consistent data protection rules. We also need to bring our laws up to date with the challenges raised by new technologies and globalisation," said Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship in a statement.
"The Commission will put forward legislation next year to strengthen individuals' rights, while also removing red tape to ensure the free flow of data within the EU's single market."
Commissioners are also set to review how data protection legislation is enforced by watchdogs across Europe, tech news site Thinq reports.
The new privacy rules will come into effect early next year with a public consultation to be held on 15 January via the commission’s website.