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Even ticking a box does not necessarily mean consent is freely given

Digiday spoke to Giovanni Buttarelli, European data protection supervisor, to hear whether media and advertising businesses have done enough to comply. He believes Google and Facebook must work harder to achieve compliance.

Full article: Giovanni Buttarelli on state of GDPR adoption: ‘Even ticking a box does not necessarily mean consent is freely given’ – Digiday

EU to check for GDPR violations in Microsoft’s contracts with EU institutions

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), the European Union’s data protection watchdog, has started an investigation into Microsoft’s contracts with EU institutions.

The investigation will focus on the contracts EU institutions have signed with Microsoft and if clauses in these contracts comply with the EU’s new data protection regulation -also known as the General Data Protection Rules (GDPR).

Source: EU to check for GDPR violations in Microsoft’s contracts with EU institutions | ZDNet

EDPS publishes 2018 Annual Report 

The 2018 Annual Report provides an insight into all European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) activities in 2018. Chief among these were our efforts to prepare for the new legislation. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became fully applicable across the EU on 25 May 2018 and new data protection rules for the EU institutions are also now in place. Working with the new European Data Protection Board (EDPB), the EDPS aims to ensure consistent protection of individuals’ rights, wherever they live in the EU.

Access report: 2018 Annual Report – a new era in data protection | European Data Protection Supervisor

EDPS: Alternative business models are needed

Submitting his 2018 Annual Report to the European Parliament LIBE Hearing today, the European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, said that the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), has had ‘excellent deliberations’ and will meet twice as often as in 2018 when it held five plenaries.

The EDPS is a full member of the EDPB, but also provides its secretariat. Buttarelli said that they have been careful to maintain the operational independence of the EDPB secretariat.

Source: EDPS: Alternative business models are needed – Privacy Laws & Business

EDPS Guidelines on assessing the proportionality of measures that limit privacy

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) intends to issue Guidelines for assessing the proportionality of measures that limit the fundamental rights to privacy and to the protection of personal data.

EDPS aims at assisting EU institutions and bodies in the task of ensuring that any limitation of the fundamental right to the protection of personal data is compliant with the requirements of EU primary law.

Before issuing the Guidelines in their final version, the EDPS is launching a stakeholders’ consultation on the draft version of the Guidelines. The deadline for receiving your input is 4 April 2019. The replies to the consultation should be sent to the Policy and Consultation Unit of the EDPS: POLICY-CONSULT@edps.europa.eu

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EDPS calls for closer alignment between consumer and data protection rules in the EU

Consumer law and data protection can no longer afford to work in silos. The EU needs a big-picture approach to addressing systemic harms to individuals in digital markets, involving closer cooperation between enforcers in order to avoid legal uncertainty, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said, as he published his Opinion on the legislative package A New Deal for Consumers.

Source: EDPS calls for closer alignment between consumer and data protection rules in the EU | European Data Protection Supervisor

EDPS calls for closer alignment between consumer and data protection rules in the EU

Consumer and data protection law share the common goal of redressing imbalances between the individual and powerful companies. It is therefore essential that the two bodies of law are fully aligned and mutually reinforcing.

Giovanni Buttarelli, EDPS, said: “I support the aim of the Proposal to extend benefits to consumers who receive services without paying a monetary price. With ‘free’ the preferred price for many digital markets, the consumer should be protected irrespective of whether a contract under which a trade supplies or undertakes to supply digital content or services requires payment.”

Source: EDPS calls for closer alignment between consumer and data protection rules in the EU | European Data Protection Supervisor

The urgent case for a new ePrivacy law

In his blog Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, argues why European Union needs to adopt new ePrivacy Regulation and why GDPR is not enough. He argues that adoption of the proposed ePrivacy Regulation is crucial to protect the fundamental rights to privacy and the protection of personal data in the digital age. Progress must be made quickly to allow legal certainty and a level playing field for market operators. It is also necessary to complete the EU’s framework for data protection and confidentiality of communications.

Read full article: The urgent case for a new ePrivacy law | European Data Protection Supervisor

First significant GDPR fines in the pipeline

The European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, says that we can expect to see DPAs take enforcement action soon. He said the sanctions will be imposed in many EU countries and will hit many companies and public administrations but declined to provide details because investigations were still ongoing.

Source: First significant GDPR fines in the pipeline – Privacy Laws & Business

Are Google and Facebook Undermining Europe’s Privacy Rules?

There are growing concerns from regulators, publishers, and privacy watchdogs about the ways that two internet giants—Google and Facebook—plan to implement the regulations.

The critics say the companies are squelching the promise of the new rules, and will leave European internet users no better off.

Source: Are Google and Facebook Undermining Europe’s Privacy Rules? | WIRED

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