On April 14th, 2021, the European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) announced the outcome of its latest Plenary Session. In particular, five documents were adopted.
The main publication will concern two opinions on the draft UK adequacy decision issued by the European Commission on 19 February 2021: Opinion 14/2021, on the UK data protection legislation’s adequacy with the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”); Opinion 15/2021, on the UK data protection legislation’s adequacy with the Law Enforcement Directive (“LED”). The EDPB noted that, despite UK and EU being aligned on many key provisions, the European Commission should closely monitor some critical aspects, such as: the so-called “immigration exemption”; the application of restrictions to onward transfers of EEA personal data through the UK; the use of bulk interceptions and automated processing tools.
In addition, the EDPB adopted Guidelines on the application of Article 65(1)(a) GDPR (EDPB’s binding decisions in the context of a dispute resolution by the Board), a final version of the Guidelines on the targeting of social media users, and a Statement on international agreements including transfers.
Source: EDPB Press Release