How consistently is the EU GDPR being enforced?

The European Union’s data rules have built-in consistency mechanisms. After five years of operation, how well are they working and what does the future hold? Tom Cooper reports.

The uniform application of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) across the bloc’s 27 Member States, each with a different history, legal system and attitude to data protection, was always going to be a challenge. Nevertheless, that is the European Data Protection Board’s (EDPB’s) remit under EU law.

In May, the board elected Finland’s Data Protection Commissioner, Anu Talus, as its new chair(1). Talus replaced Andrea Jelinek, who led the EDPB for its first five years. Talus describes the board as “a unique decision-making body with a far-reaching impact both in Europe and beyond.”

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