Eurobarometer to release GDPR figures soon, EDPB consults stakeholders on its new Guidelines

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According to a Politico article, EU Commissioner Vĕra Jourová will present today some figures on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming from the Eurobarometer data that the Commission will release also today. In particular, 67% of Europeans have heard of the new Data Protection law that entered into application in all the EU Member States on 25 May 2018. Citizens’ awareness level of the new law goes from 90% in Sweden to 44% in France. However, the share of citizens who said they knew what the GDPR actually was is much lower, according to the figures previewed by Politico.

Always in the context of the GDPR, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) issued new Guidelines on the processing of personal data in the context of the provision of online services to data subjects, specifically under article 6(1)(b). Article 6(1)(b) of the GDPR provides a lawful basis for the processing of personal data to the extent that “processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract”. The EDPB is now seeking stakeholders’ feedback on the Guidelines until 24 May.

Ecommerce Europe is preparing its reply to the public consultation in cooperation with its members. Overall, the European e-commerce association believes that it is of utmost importance to maintain an open and transparent dialogue between the EDPB and all stakeholders involved. It is also important to ensure coordination with regard to the interpretation of the GDPR, which needs to be as similar as possible across the different Data Protection Authorities in the EU and, if applicable, in the respective Member States. This is necessary in order to avoid cases where DPAs within the same country do not coordinate and thus have different interpretations of GDPR provisions.

 

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