EDPS: Now is the time to consider if modifications are needed at the EDPB

Wojciech Wiewiórowski, European Data Protection Supervisor, talks about the EDPS’ active role and participation in the EDPB, and gives his views on how to work together more efficiently. Laura Linkomies reports from Brussels.

The GDPR has now been in force for four years and during this time much has been said about the time delays at the level of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and its One-Stop-Shop. The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is in a unique position of being both a full member of the EDPB and providing the ­secretariat.

The EDPS has recently taken two major initiatives aimed at speeding up the work of the EDPB and facilitating the work of the DPAs. The project of assigning a pool of experts started in 2021, and more recently, the EDPB has decided on further measures to coordinate its enforcement activities. This means enhancing cooperation on strategic cases and diversifying the range of cooperation methods used. Strategic cases could include, for example, areas where DPAs receive many complaints, recurring issues, or areas posing a high risk to individuals’ privacy.

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