The European fundamental right to data protection – fit for the future?

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union establishes a number of modern fundamental rights, including the right of every individual to the protection of personal data concerning him or her. The contribution explains the characteristics of this right, especially its dependency on a legislative specification. In reaction to the societal shift towards an onlife-world, the General Data Protection Regulation as a globally noticed legal regulation is now to be supplemented by further regulations within the framework of the EU's data and digital strategy. Against this background, the article addresses key challenges that data protection faces and that must also shape the understanding of the fundamental right to data protection. Is the focus on personal data a suitable criterion? What are the protected interests underpinning data protection? How should data protection be conceptualized in the context of an overarching information and Internet law?