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26th March 2020
Covid-19 Data, Tech & IP

European Data Protection Supervisor’s 78th Newsletter

The European Data Protection Supervisor has published its 78th newsletter, in which it acknowledges the complete turnaround in the field of data protection with the COVID-19 crisis, with internet and telecoms operators being approached to use the mobile location of every EU citizen.

In terms of what the EDPS has done and where it will be active in the future, it refers to its Annual Report for 2019, which includes examination of the implementation of new EU legislation in the field, including the General Data Protection Regulation, published over a week ago. However, its Strategy for 2020-2024 is on hold (originally planned for publication last week) until May 2020 – the updated Strategy will take into account developments in the field related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other planned topics (such as the challenges and opportunities, and EU’s approach to, artificial intelligence and data protection).

It also refers to its investigation into the European Parliament for its contracting of NationBuilder for the 2019 parliamentary elections, which has now been closed. Read more about that in EU Law Live’s post here. In that vein, it has also noted further guidance or clarity needed for EU institutions to comply with data protection rules, as provided by Regulation 2018/1725, such as on the meaning of controller, processor, and joint controllership, for which EU staff will receive training, as well as on how to respect data protection rules in the carrying out of events.

And, although Brexit seems to be off everyone’s mind, it remains the second elephant in the room after COVID-19, and the EDPS recalls its Opinion on the Commission Recommendation for the opening of negotiations for a new partnership with the UK, on the need to ensure a high level of personal data protection and fully respecting the EU’s personal data protection rules.

Read the Newsletter here.

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