Directive is a legal objective set by the European Union, that all member states must reach through state laws and regulations.

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What is a Directive?

Directive, in the EU law, is an objective that has to be reached by all EU countries, within a given period of time. However, it is up to the individual countries to design the laws that will lead to the fulfillment of the directive. Hence, a directive is different from a EU regulation. EU regulations must be applied within EU state laws directly - they cannot be achieved by different means.

Why are Directives important?

Directives are important for several reasons. Firstly, as a business you will be forced to comply with laws that strive to fulfill a directive, hence, it would be advantageous to know what laws you might expect in advance and how they will affect your business. Because the laws that serve directives can be different from country to country it is extremely important to watch out for the laws within the country, where your business is based.

How can you track new Directives?

There are two ways to track when new directives are adopted and what they state. The first is personally keeping track of all published EU statements, documents and announcements. The second and much easier option is having a business partner that would help you keep on track and informing you when new directives will have an affect on your business. There is however a set of directives that will affect all businesses - directives concerning consumer privacy and data privacy on the internet. A website is an essential part of business these days and keeping track of how to collect, process and use data in compliance with new laws can be challenging.

If you would like to know how your website can become legally compliant, feel free to contact us. We would be thrilled to help your business.

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