European General Data
Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered
into application on 25 May 2018. The European Commission has published a webpage with information about the new data protection rules for businesses and
Commission recently took a look at what has happened in the first year of the
GDPR and highlighted the positive effects of the new Regulation. European
citizens have become more aware of the importance of data protection and their
rights. The national data protection authorities that work together on the European
Data Protection Board have seen that citizens are exercising these rights on a
have been more than 95,000 complaints regarding infringements of data
protection rights made by EU citizens to the national data protection authorities.
There have also been more than 41,500 complaints filed regarding the accidental
or unlawful disclosure of personal data by companies. These figures come from a
graphic published by the EU Commission which looks at the GDPR in numbers.
Commission has also published a mythbusting factsheet to address common misconceptions and prejudices regarding the General Data
Protection Regulation in everyday life.
European Data Protection Board
The European Data Protection Board (EDPD) is an independent European body that contributes to the consistent application
of data protection rules across the EU and promotes cooperation between data
Board consists of representatives from the national data protection authorities
and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). The supervisory authorities
of the EEA/EFTA States are also members with regard to matters concerning the
GDPR, but without the right to vote and without the right to be elected chair
or deputy chair.
The EDPD was established
through the GDPR and is based in Brussels. The EU Commission and, with regard
to matters concerning the GDPR, the EFTA Surveillance Authority are entitled to
participate in the activities and meetings of the Board without the right to
vote. The EDPD has a secretariat, which is provided by the EDPS. The terms of
cooperation between the EDPB and the EDPS are set out in a Memorandum of Understanding.