European Commission opens public consultation on GDPR, application report delayed

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On 1 April, the European Commission published a Roadmap in view of the report it has to publish on the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR), which is applied since 25 May 2018. Roadmaps aim to inform citizens and stakeholders about the Commission’s work in order to allow them to provide feedback and to participate effectively in future consultation activities. The GDPR strengthens the individual’s right to personal data protection, reflecting the nature of data protection as a fundamental right for the European Union. It provides a single set of rules directly applicable in the Member States’ legal orders.

In particular, the GDPR report will also include the issue of international transfer of personal data to third countries (Chapter V of GDPR) and the cooperation and consistency mechanism between national data and protection authorities (Chapter VII of GDPR). The objective of the report is to identify possible issues in the application of the EU data protection law, for instance to identify provisions that can result in high compliance costs and legal complexity for SMEs.

The report was originally due for end of May 2020. However, due to the current Coronavirus crisis, the publication will be delayed at least until June 2020. The Commission’s consultation is open until 29 April and Ecommerce Europe will send its contribution based on the consolidated feedback already received from its members and which had been already shared with the Commission’s Expert Group on the application of GDPR, of which Ecommerce Europe is an active member.

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