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European Data Protection Board’s Priorities for 2019/2020

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has released its priorities for 2019/2020 in its two-year “Work Program.” The EDPB is charged with issuing guidelines and opinions about GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), advising the European Commission about privacy-related issues, to help with the “consistent application” of GDPR, and to promote cooperation among the EU Member States’ supervisory authorities. Among the activities it anticipates engaging in over the next two years are a variety of guidelines, including those relating to the targeting of social media users and guidelines on children’s information. It also expects to have a guideline on the territorial scope of GDPR (which it will finalize after public consultation), and a guideline on data subjects’ rights.

The EDPB also anticipates engaging in other activities in the next two years, including a follow-up on the EU-US Privacy Shield, the development of an EDPB Enforcement Strategy, and work on data breach notifications. The EDPB has also indicated that it will continue to engage in its regular and ongoing work, including ensuring the consistency of opinions and decisions amongst the various supervisory authorities. These might include codes of conduct, Binding Corporate Rules, and the like.

Putting it Into Practice: The EDPB Work Program gives a comprehensive overview of its planned activities. Other helpful resources from the EDPB can be found on its website: https://edpb.europa.eu/.

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Liisa Thomas, Sheppard Mullin Law Firm, Chicago, Cybersecurity Law Attorney

Liisa Thomas, a partner based in the firm’s Chicago and London offices, is Co-Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice. Her clients rely on her ability to create clarity in a sea of confusing legal requirements and describe her as “extremely responsive, while providing thoughtful legal analysis combined with real world practical advice.” Liisa is the author of the definitive treatise on data breach, Thomas on Data Breach: A Practical Guide to Handling Worldwide Data Breach Notification, which has been described as “a no-nonsense roadmap for in-house and...