Bord Ewropew għall-Protezzjoni tad-Data

EDPB News

2021

16 April 2021

The two EDPB opinions on the European Commission draft Implementing Decisions on the adequate protection of personal data in the United Kingdom have now been published on the EDPB website.

Opinion 14/2021 is based on the GDPR and assesses both general data protection aspects and government access to personal data transferred from the EEA for the purposes of law enforcement and national security included in the draft adequacy decision.

Opinion 15/2021 is based on the Law Enforcement Directive (LED) and analyses the draft adequacy decision in the light of Recommendations 01/2021 on the adequacy referential under the Law Enforcement Directive, as well as the relevant case law reflected in Recommendations 02/2020 on the European Essential Guarantees for surveillance measures. This is the first draft implementing decision on a third country’s adequacy under the LED ever presented by the European Commission and assessed by the EDPB.

14 April 2021

Opinions on draft UK adequacy decisions, Guidelines on the application of Article 65(1)(a) GDPR, Guidelines on the targeting of social media users and Statement on international agreements including transfers

During its plenary session, the EDPB adopted two Opinions on the draft UK adequacy decisions. Opinion 14/2021 is based on the GDPR and assesses both general data protection aspects and government access to personal data transferred from the EEA for the purposes of law enforcement and national security included in the draft adequacy decision. This assessment is based on the GDPR Adequacy Referential WP254. Opinion 15/2021 is based on the Law Enforcement Directive (LED) and analyses the draft adequacy decision in the light of Recommendations 01/2021 on the adequacy referential under the Law Enforcement Directive, as well as the relevant case law reflected in Recommendations 02/2020 on the European Essential Guarantees for surveillance measures. This is the first draft implementing decision on a third country’s adequacy under the LED ever presented by the European Commission and assessed by the EDPB. 

The EDPB notes that there are key areas of strong alignment between the EU and the UK data protection frameworks on certain core provisions such as: grounds for lawful and fair processing for legitimate purposes; purpose limitation; data quality and proportionality; data retention, security and confidentiality; transparency; special categories of data; and on automated decision making and profiling.

EDPB Chair, Andrea Jelinek said: "The UK data protection framework is largely based on the EU data protection framework. The UK Data Protection Act 2018 further specifies the application of the GDPR in UK law, in addition to transposing the LED, as well as granting powers and imposing duties on the national data protection supervisory authority, the ICO. Therefore, the EDPB recognises that the UK has mirrored, for the most part, the GDPR and LED in its data protection framework and when analysing its law and practice, the EDPB identified many aspects to be essentially equivalent. However, whilst laws can evolve, this alignment should be maintained. So we welcome the Commission's decision to limit the granted adequacy in time and the intention to closely monitor developments in the UK.”

The EDPB underlines that several items should be further assessed and/or closely monitored by the European Commission in its decision based on the GDPR, such as: 

  • Immigration Exemption and its consequences on restrictions on data subject rights;
  • The application of restrictions to onward transfers of EEA personal data transferred to the UK, on the basis of, for instance, future adequacy decisions adopted by the UK, international agreements concluded between the UK and third countries, or derogations.

Regarding access by public authorities for national security purposes to personal data transferred to the UK, the EDPB welcomes the establishment of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) to address the challenges of redress in the area of national security, and the introduction of Judicial Commissioners in the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) 2016 to ensure better oversight in that same field. The EDPB still identifies a number of points requiring further clarifications and/or monitoring: 

  • Bulk interceptions;
  • Independent assessment and oversight of the use of automated processing tools;
  • Safeguards provided under UK law when it comes to overseas disclosure, in particular in light of the application of national security exemptions.

The Board adopted Guidelines on the application of Article 65(1)(a) GDPR to delineate the main stages of the procedure and clarify the competence of the EDPB when adopting a legally binding decision on the basis of Article 65(1)(a) GDPR. The Guidelines also include a description of the applicable procedural safeguards and remedies. The guidelines will be subject to public consultation for a period of six weeks.

The EDPB adopted a final version of the Guidelines on the targeting of social media users following public consultation. The aim of the Guidelines is to clarify the roles and responsibilities of social media providers and targeted individuals. The final version integrates updated wording in order to address comments and feedback received during the public consultation.

The EDPB adopted a Statement on international agreements including transfers. The EDPB invites EU Member States to assess and, where necessary, review their international agreements that involve international transfers of personal data and which were concluded before 24 May 2016 (for those relevant to the GDPR) and 6 May 2016 (for those relevant to the LED) to align them, where necessary, with EU data protection law. 

The agenda of the forty-eighth plenary is available here.

Note to editors:
Please note that all documents adopted during the EDPB Plenary are subject to the necessary legal, linguistic and formatting checks and will be made available on the EDPB website once these have been completed.

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12 April 2021

On April 13th, the EDPB will hold its 48th plenary session. The agenda for the 48th plenary is available here

 

 

06 April 2021

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted a joint opinion on the Proposals for a Digital Green Certificate. The Digital Green Certificate aims to facilitate the exercise of the right to free movement within the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic by establishing a common framework for the issuance, verification and acceptance of interoperable COVID-19 vaccination, testing and recovery certificates. 

With this Joint Opinion, the EDPB and the EDPS invite the co-legislators to ensure that the Digital Green Certificate is fully in line with EU personal data protection legislation. The data protection commissioners from all EU and European Economic Area countries highlight the need to mitigate the risks to fundamental rights of EU citizens and residents that may result from issuing the Digital Green Certificate, including its possible unintended secondary uses. The EDPB and the EDPS underline that the use of the Digital Green Certificate may not, in any way, result in direct or indirect discrimination of individuals, and must be fully in line with the fundamental principles of necessity, proportionality and effectiveness. Given the nature of the measures put forward by the Proposal, the EDPB and the EDPS consider that the introduction of the Digital Green Certificate should be accompanied by a comprehensive legal framework.

Andrea Jelinek, Chair of the EDPB, said: "A Digital Green Certificate that is accepted in all Member States can be a major step forward in re-starting travel across the EU. Any measure adopted at national or EU level that involves processing of personal data must respect the general principles of effectiveness, necessity and proportionality. Therefore, the EDPB and the EDPS recommend that any further use of the Digital Green Certificate by the Member States must have an appropriate legal basis in the Member States and all the necessary safeguards must be in place."

Wojciech Wiewiórowski, EDPS, said: It must be made clear that the Proposal does not allow for - and must not lead to - the creation of any sort of central database of personal data at EU level. In addition, it must be ensured that personal data is not processed any longer than what is strictly necessary and that access to and use of this data is not permitted once the pandemic has ended. I have always stressed that measures taken in the fight against COVID-19 are temporary and it is our duty to ensure that they are not here to stay after the crisis.”

In the current emergency situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the EDPB and the EDPS insist that the principles of effectiveness, necessity, proportionality and non-discrimination are upheld. The EDPB and the EDPS reiterate that, at the moment of writing, there seems to be little scientific evidence as to whether having received the COVID-19 vaccine (or having recovered from COVID-19) grants immunity, and, by extension, how long such immunity may last. But scientific evidence is growing daily.

Moreover, a number of factors are still unknown regarding the efficacy of the vaccination in reducing transmission. The Proposal should lay down clear and precise rules governing the scope and application of the Digital Green Certificate and impose appropriate safeguards. This will allow individuals, whose personal data is affected, to have sufficient guarantees that they will be protected, in an effective way, against the risk of potential discrimination.

The Proposal must expressly include that access to and subsequent use of individuals’ data by EU Member States once the pandemic has ended is not permitted. At the same time, the EDPB and the EDPS highlight that the application of the proposed Regulation must be strictly limited to the current COVID-19 crisis.

The Joint Opinion includes specific recommendations for further clarifications on the categories of data concerned by the Proposal, data storage, transparency obligations and identification of controllers and processors for the processing of personal data. 

Note to editors: Please note that all documents adopted during the EDPB Plenary are subject to the necessary legal, linguistic and formatting checks and will be made available on the EDPB website once these have been completed.

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26 March 2021

On March 30th, the EDPB will hold its 47th plenary session. During the plenary, the EDPB will dicsuss the European Commission's proposal for Regulations on a Digital Green Certificate.

The agenda for the 47th plenary is available here

16 March 2021

Due to the high number of responses, the call for expression of interest is already closed.

On April 30, the EDPB is organising a remote stakeholder event on the topic "application of the GDPR to the processing of personal data for scientific research purposes”. Representatives from, among others, individual companies, sector organisations, NGOs, law firms and academia with an expertise on the field are welcome to express interest in attending.

In order to express your interest to participate in the event, please fill in this form.

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, depending on availability. Nonetheless, the EDPB reserves the right to give precedence to specific stakeholders, in light of their relevance in the field. Selected participants will receive the confirmation of their registration in the event via e-mail.

Detailed information and the programme of the event will be available shortly.

As we would like to have a balanced and representative audience, participation will be limited to one participant per organisation.

When? 30 April 2021, from 10:00 - 16:00h CET

10 March 2021

L-EDPB jadotta l-Programm ta’ Ħidma 2021-2022, id-Dikjarazzjoni dwar ir-Regolament dwar il-Privatezza Elettronika, il-Linji Gwida dwar l-Assistenti tal-Vuċi Virtwali & Linji Gwida dwar il-Vetturi Konnessi, u jiddiskuti l-Adegwatezza tar-Renju Unit.

Brussell, 10 ta’ Marzu - Matul is-46 sessjoni plenarja tiegħu, l-EDPB adotta firxa wiesgħa ta’ dokumenti u ddiskuta l-abbozzi ta’ deċiżjonijiet ta’ adegwatezza tar-Renju Unit ippreżentati mill-Kummissjoni Ewropea.

Il-Bord adotta l-programm ta’ ħidma ta’ sentejn għall-2021-2022 skont l-Artikolu 29 tar-Regoli ta’ Proċedura tal-BEPD. Il-programm ta’ ħidma jsegwi l-prijoritajiet stabbiliti fl-Istrateġija 2021-2023 tal-EDPB u se jpoġġi fil-prattika l-objettivi strateġiċi tal-Bord.

L-EDPB adotta dikjarazzjoni dwar l-abbozz tar-Regolament dwar il-Privatezza Elettronika. Fid-dikjarazzjoni tiegħu, l-EDPB jilqa’ l-ftehim mill-Kunsill dwar il-mandat ta’ negozjar bħala pass pożittiv fil-finalizzazzjoni tar-Regolament dwar il-Privatezza Elettronika. L-EDPB ifakkar li l-awtoritajiet nazzjonali responsabbli għall-infurzar tal-GDPR għandhom jiġu fdati bis-sorveljanza tad-dispożizzjonijiet dwar il-privatezza tar-Regolament futur dwar il-Privatezza Elettronika biex jiżguraw interpretazzjoni u infurzar armonizzati tar-Regolament dwar il-Privatezza Elettronika madwar l-UE u biex jiggarantixxu kundizzjonijiet ekwi fis-Suq Uniku Diġitali.

Il-President tal-EDPB, Andrea Jelinek qal: “Ir-Regolament dwar il-Privatezza Elettronika ma jistax - taħt l-ebda ċirkostanza - inaqqas il-livell ta’ protezzjoni offrut mid-Direttiva dwar il-Privatezza Elettronika attwali, u għandu jikkomplementa l-GDPR billi jipprovdi garanziji b’saħħithom addizzjonali għall-kunfidenzjalità u l-protezzjoni tat-tipi kollha ta’ komunikazzjoni elettronika.”

L-EDPB adotta Linji Gwida dwar l-Assistenti tal-Vuċi Virtwali (VVAs). Dawn il-Linji Gwida għandhom l-għan li jidentifikaw uħud mill-aktar sfidi ta’ konformità rilevanti għall-VVAs u li jipprovdu rakkomandazzjonijiet lill-partijiet ikkonċernati rilevanti dwar kif jindirizzawhom. Il-Linji Gwida se jiġu ppreżentati għal konsultazzjoni pubblika għal perjodu ta’ sitt ġimgħat.

L-EDPB adotta l-verżjoni finali tal-Linji Gwida dwar Vetturi Konnessi wara konsultazzjoni pubblika. Il-Linji Gwida jiffukaw fuq l-ipproċessar ta’ data personali fir-rigward tal-użu mhux professjonali ta’ vetturi konnessi mis-suġġetti tad-data. Il-verżjoni finali tintegra l-formulazzjoni aġġornata, u aktar kjarifiki sabiex jiġu indirizzati l-kummenti u l-feedback li waslu matul il-konsultazzjoni pubblika.

Il-Bord iddiskuta l-abbozzi ta’ deċiżjonijiet ta’ adegwatezza tar-Renju Unit, li waslu għand il-Kummissjoni Ewropea. L-EDPB se jirrevedi bir-reqqa l-abbozzi tad-deċiżjonijiet, filwaqt li jqis l-importanza li jiġu ggarantiti l-kontinwità u l-livell għoli ta’ protezzjoni għat-trasferimenti tad-data mill-UE.

Fl-aħħar nett, l-EDPB adotta opinjoni konġunta tal-EDPB-EDPS dwar l-Att dwar il-Governanza tad-Data. Se tiġi ppubblikata stqarrija għall-istampa separata dwar dan is-suġġett aktar tard illum.

Nota lill-edituri:
Ta’ min jinnota li d-dokumenti kollha adottati waqt is-Sessjoni Plenarja tal-EDPB huma soġġetti għall-verifiki legali, lingwistiċi u ta’ fformattjar neċessarji u se jkunu disponibbli fis-sit tal-EDPB ladarba dawn il-verifiki jkunu lesti.

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10 March 2021

The EDPB and EDPS adopted a joint opinion on the proposal for a Data Governance Act (DGA). The DGA aims to foster the availability of data by increasing trust in data intermediaries [1] and by strengthening data-sharing mechanisms across the EU. In particular, the DGA intends to promote the availability of public sector data for reuse, sharing of data among businesses and allowing personal data to be used with the help of a ‘personal data-sharing intermediary’. The DGA also seeks to enable the use of data for altruistic purposes.

The EDPB and the EDPS acknowledge the legitimate objective of the DGA to improve the conditions for data sharing in the internal market. At the same time, the protection of personal data is an essential and integral element for trust in the digital economy. With this joint opinion, the EDPB and the EDPS invite the co-legislators to ensure that the future DGA is fully in line with the EU personal data protection legislation, thus fostering trust in the digital economy and upholding the level of protection provided by EU law under the supervision of the EU Member States’ supervisory authorities.  

Andrea Jelinek, Chair of the EDPB, said:The EU's data protection legal framework does not stand in the way of developing the data economy. Quite the contrary, it enables it: trust in any kind of data sharing can only be achieved by respecting existing data protection legislation. The GDPR is the foundation on which the European data governance model must be built. That is why we underline the need to ensure consistency with the GDPR with regard to the competence of the supervisory authorities, the roles of the different actors involved, the legal basis for the processing of personal data, the necessary safeguards and the exercise of the rights of the data subjects.

Wojciech Wiewiórowski, EDPS, said:We understand the growing importance of data for the economy and society as outlined in the European Data Strategy. However, with “big data comes big responsibility”, therefore appropriate data protection safeguards must be put in place. The overarching framework for European data spaces should ensure that the data protection acquis is not affected.

The EDPB and EDPS consider that the EU legislator should ensure that the wording of the DGA clearly and unambiguously state that this act will not affect the level of protection of individuals’ personal data, nor will any rights and obligations set out in the data protection legislation be altered.  

Concerning the reuse of personal data held by public sector bodies, the EDPB and EDPS recommend aligning the DGA with the existing rules on the protection of personal data laid down in the GDPR and with the Open Data Directive. Furthermore, it should be clarified that the reuse of personal data held by public sector bodies may only be allowed if it is grounded in EU or Member State law. Such laws should include a list of clear compatible purposes for which further processing may be lawfully authorised or constitutes a necessary and proportionate measure in a democratic society to safeguard the objectives referred to in Article 23 of the GDPR. 

On data sharing service providers, the joint opinion highlights the need to ensure prior information and controls for individuals, taking into account the principles of data protection by design and by default, transparency and purpose limitation.  Furthermore, the modalities upon which such service providers would effectively assist individuals in exercising their rights as data subjects should be clarified. 

As for data altruism, the EDPB and the EDPS recommend that the DGA should better define the purposes of general interest of such “data altruism”. Data altruism should be organised in such a way that it allows individuals to easily give, but also, withdraw their consent. 

In light of the possible risks for data subjects when their personal data might be processed by data sharing service providers or data altruism organisations, the EDPB and EDPS consider that the declaratory registration regimes for these entities, as laid down in the DGA, do not provide for a sufficiently stringent vetting procedure applicable to such services. Therefore, the EDPB and EDPS recommend exploring alternative procedures that foresee a more systematic inclusion of accountability tools, in particular the adherence to a code of conduct or certification mechanism.

The joint opinion also includes recommendations on the designation of the supervisory authorities as main competent authorities for the control of the compliance with the DGA provisions, in consultation with other relevant sectorial authorities.

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[1] See Explanatory Memorandum of the Proposal, page 1

Note to editors:  Please note that all documents adopted during the EDPB Plenary are subject to the necessary legal, linguistic and formatting checks and will be made available on the EDPB website once these have been completed.

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03 February 2021

L-EDPB jadotta Rakkomandazzjonijiet dwar l-Art. 36 LED — Referenzjali tal-adegwatezza, Opinjoni dwar l-Arranġament Amministrattiv H3C/PCAOB, Dikjarazzjoni dwar l-abbozz ta’ dispożizzjonijiet ġodda dwar protokoll għall-Konvenzjoni dwar iċ-Ċiberkriminalità, Tweġiba għall-kwestjonarju tal-KE dwar l-ipproċessar ta’ data personali għar-riċerka xjentifika & diskussjoni dwar il-politika tal-privatezza tal-Whatsapp

Brussell, 3 ta’ Frar - Matul il-45 sessjoni plenarja tiegħu, l-EDPB adotta firxa wiesgħa ta’ dokumenti. Barra minn hekk, il-Bord iddiskuta l-politika ta’ privatezza aġġornata tal-Whatsapp.

L-EDPB adotta Rakkomandazzjonijiet dwar ir-referenzjali tal-adegwatezza skont id-Direttiva dwar l-Infurzar tal-Liġi (LED). L-EDPB jiżgura l-applikazzjoni konsistenti tal-liġi tal-UE dwar il-protezzjoni tad-data fl-UE, inkluża d-Direttiva dwar l-Infurzar tal-Liġi (LED), li tittratta l-ipproċessar ta’ data personali għall-finijiet tal-infurzar tal-liġi. L-għan tar-Rakkomandazzjonijiet huwa li jipprovdu lista ta’ elementi li jridu jiġu eżaminati meta tiġi vvalutata l-adegwatezza ta’ pajjiż terz skont l-LED. Id-dokument ifakkar il-kunċett u l-aspetti proċedurali tal-adegwatezza skont l-LED u l-ġurisprudenza tal-QĠUE, u jistabbilixxi l-istandards tal-UE għall-protezzjoni tad-data għall-kooperazzjoni tal-pulizija u ġudizzjarja f’materji kriminali.

L-EDPB adotta opinjoni dwar l-abbozz tal-Arranġament Amministrattiv (AA) għat-trasferimenti ta’ data personali bejn l-Haut Conseil du Commissariat aux Comptes (H3C) u l-Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). Dan l-AA se jiġi ppreżentat lill-SA Franċiża għall-awtorizzazzjoni fil-livell nazzjonali. L-SA Franċiża se timmonitorja l-applikazzjoni tal-AA fil-prattika u, jekk ikun meħtieġ, tissospendi kwalunkwe trasferiment imwettaq mill-H3C, jekk l-AA tieqaf tipprovdi livell essenzjalment ekwivalenti ta’ protezzjoni lis-suġġetti tad-data.

L-EDPB adotta Dikjarazzjoni dwar l-abbozz ta’ dispożizzjonijiet ġodda dwar protokoll għall-Konvenzjoni dwar iċ-Ċiberkriminalità. Din id-dikjarazzjoni tikkomplementa l-kontribut tal-EDPB għall-abbozz tat-tieni protokoll addizzjonali għall-Konvenzjoni tal-Kunsill tal-Ewropa dwar iċ-Ċiberkriminalità (il-Konvenzjoni ta’ Budapest) u ssegwi l-pubblikazzjoni tal-abbozz il-ġdid tad-dispożizzjonijiet.

F’din id-dikjarazzjoni, l-EDPB ifakkar li d-dispożizzjonijiet li qed jiġu diskussi bħalissa x’aktarx jaffettwaw il-kundizzjonijiet għall-aċċess għad-data personali fl-UE għall-finijiet tal-infurzar tal-liġi u jappella għal skrutinju bir-reqqa tan-negozjati li għaddejjin mill-istituzzjonijiet nazzjonali u tal-UE rilevanti. Barra minn hekk, l-EDPB jenfasizza l-ħtieġa li tiġi ggarantita konsistenza sħiħa mal-acquis tal-UE fil-qasam tal-protezzjoni tad-data personali.

L-EDPB adotta t-tweġiba tiegħu għall-kwestjonarju tal-Kummissjoni Ewropea dwar l-ipproċessar tad-data personali għar-riċerka xjentifika, b’enfasi fuq ir-riċerka relatata mas-saħħa. It-tweġibiet ipprovduti mill-EDPB jiffurmaw pożizzjoni preliminari dwar dan is-suġġett u għandhom l-għan li jipprovdu ċarezza dwar l-applikazzjoni tal-GDPR fil-qasam tar-riċerka xjentifika dwar is-saħħa. L-EDPB bħalissa qed jiżviluppa linji gwida dwar l-ipproċessar tad-data personali għall-finijiet ta’ riċerka xjentifika li se jelaboraw dwar dawn il-kwistjonijiet.

Fl-aħħar nett, il-Membri tal-Bord kellhom skambju ta’ opinjonijiet dwar l-aġġornament reċenti tal-Politika tal-Privatezza tal-WhatsApp . L-EDPB se jkompli jiffaċilita dan l-iskambju ta’ informazzjoni bejn l-awtoritajiet, sabiex jiżgura applikazzjoni konsistenti tal-liġi dwar il-protezzjoni tad-data fl-UE kollha f’konformità mal-mandat tiegħu.

 

Nota lill-edituri:
Ta’ min jinnota li d-dokumenti kollha adottati waqt is-Sessjoni Plenarja tal-EDPB huma soġġetti għall-verifiki legali, lingwistiċi u ta’ fformattjar neċessarji u se jkunu disponibbli fis-sit tal-EDPB ladarba dawn il-verifiki jkunu lesti.

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28 January 2021

 

On the occasion of the 15th annual Data Protection Day, the Members of the EDPB bring you a joint message. Today is an opportunity to reflect on the efforts we make day after day to empower individuals, encourage business to be compliant and to enable trust.  From all of us at the EDPB, we wish you a very happy Data Protection Day.

18 January 2021

The EDPB adopted guidelines on examples regarding data breach notification. These guidelines complement the WP 29 guidance on data breach notification by introducing more practice orientated guidance and recommendations. They aim to help data controllers in deciding how to handle data breaches and what factors to consider during risk assessment. The guidelines contain an inventory of data breach notification cases deemed most common by the national supervisory authorities (SAs), such as ransomware attacks; data exfiltration attacks; and lost or stolen devices and paper documents. Per case category, the guidelines present the most typical good or bad practices, advice on how risks should be identified and assessed, highlight the factors that should be given particular consideration, as well as inform in which cases the controller should notify the SA and/or notify the data subjects. The guidelines will be submitted for public consultation for a period of six weeks.

 

The guidelines and more information about the public consultation are available here

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15 January 2021

Brussell, 15 ta’ Jannar - L-EDPB u l-KEPD adottaw opinjonijiet konġunti dwar żewġ settijiet ta’ klawżoli kuntrattwali (SCCs). Opinjoni waħda dwar l-SCCs għal kuntratti bejn kontrolluri u proċessuri u waħda dwar l-SCCs għat-trasferiment ta’ data personali lil pajjiżi terzi.

L-SCCs Kontrolluri-Proċessuri se jkollhom effett mifrux mal-UE kollha u għandhom l-għan li jiżguraw armonizzazzjoni sħiħa u ċertezza legali fl-UE kollha f’dak li għandu x’jaqsam ma’ kuntratti bejn il-kontrolluri u l-proċessuri tagħhom.

Andrea Jelinek, President tal-EDPB, qal: “L-EDPB u l-KEPD jilqgħu l-SCCs Kontrolluri-Proċessuri bħala għodda unika, b’saħħitha u għall-UE kollha li se tiffaċilita l-konformità mad-dispożizzjonijiet kemm skont il-GDPR kif ukoll skont l-EUDPR. Fost l-oħrajn, l-EDPB u l-KEPD jitolbu li l-partijiet jingħataw biżżejjed ċarezza dwar is-sitwazzjonijiet fejn jistgħu jiddependu fuq dawn l-SCCs, u jenfasizzaw li sitwazzjonijiet li jinvolvu trasferimenti barra mill-UE m’għandhomx jiġu esklużi.”

Intalbu diversi emendi sabiex it-test ikun aktar ċar u biex tiġi żgurata l-utilità prattika tiegħu fl-operazzjonijiet ta’ kuljum tal-kontrolluri u l-proċessuri. Dawn jinkludu l-interazzjoni bejn iż-żewġ dokumenti, l-hekk imsejħa “klawsola tal-qtugħ” li tippermetti li entitajiet addizzjonali jaderixxu mal-SCCs, u aspetti oħra relatati mal-obbligi għall-proċessuri. Barra minn hekk, l-EDPB u l-KEPD jissuġġerixxu li l-Annessi għall-SCCs jiċċaraw kemm jista’ jkun ir-rwoli u r-responsabbiltajiet ta’ kull waħda mill-partijiet fir-rigward ta’ kull attività ta’ pproċessar — kwalunkwe ambigwità tagħmilha aktar diffiċli għall-kontrolluri jew il-proċessuri biex jissodisfaw l-obbligi tagħhom skont il-prinċipju ta’ responsabbiltà

Wojciech Wiewiórowski, EDPS, qal: “Aħna konvinti li dawn l-SCCs jistgħu jiffaċilitaw il-konformità tal-kontrolluri u l-proċessuri mal-obbligi tagħhom, kemm skont il-GDPR kif ukoll skont il-qafas legali tal-istituzzjonijiet u l-korpi tal-UE (EUIs). Barra minn hekk, nittamaw li dawn l-SCCs jiżguraw aktar armonizzazzjoni u ċertezza legali għall-individwi u d-data personali tagħhom. Huwa f’dan il-kuntest li għandna l-għan li dawn id-dokumenti jsiru kemm jista’ jkun validi għall-futur.”

L-abbozzi tal-SCCs għat-trasferiment ta’ data personali lil pajjiżi terzi skont l-Artikolu 46 (2) (c) tal-GDPR se jissostitwixxu l-SCCs eżistenti għal trasferimenti internazzjonali li ġew adottati abbażi tad-Direttiva 95/46 u li jeħtieġ li jiġu aġġornati biex jinġiebu f’konformità mar-rekwiżiti tal-GDPR, kif ukoll b’kont meħud tas-Sentenza “Schrems II” tal-QtĠ-UE, u biex jirriflettu aħjar l-użu mifrux ta’ operazzjonijiet ta’ pproċessar ġodda u aktar kumplessi li spiss jinvolvu importaturi u esportaturi multipli tad-data. B’mod partikolari, l-SCCs il-ġodda jinkludu salvagwardji aktar speċifiċi f’każ li l-liġijiet tal-pajjiż ta’ destinazzjoni jkollhom impatt fuq il-konformità mal-klawżoli, b’mod partikolari fil-każ ta’ talbiet vinkolanti mill-awtoritajiet pubbliċi għall-iżvelar ta’ data personali.

Wojciech Wiewiórowski, EDPS, qal: Minħabba l-esperjenza prattika tagħna, għamilna dawn il-kummenti biex intejbu dawn l-SCCs bil-ħsieb li niżguraw bis-sħiħ li d-data personali taċ-ċittadini tal-UE tingħata livell essenzjalment ekwivalenti ta’ protezzjoni meta jsiru trasferimenti lejn pajjiżi terzi. Aħna nemmnu li dawn is-suġġerimenti u l-emendi huma kruċjali sabiex jinkisbu dawn l-għanijiet fil-prattika.”

B’mod ġenerali, l-EDPB u l-KEPD huma tal-opinjoni li l-abbozz tal-SCCs jippreżenta livell imsaħħaħ ta’ protezzjoni għas-suġġetti tad-data. B’mod partikolari, l-EDPB u l-KEPD jilqgħu d-dispożizzjonijiet speċifiċi maħsuba biex jindirizzaw xi wħud mill-kwistjonijiet ewlenin identifikati fis-sentenza Schrems II. Madankollu, l-EDPB u l-KEPD huma tal-fehma li diversi dispożizzjonijiet jistgħu jittejbu jew jiġu ċċarati, bħall-kamp ta’ applikazzjoni tal-SCCs; ċerti drittijiet benefiċjarji ta’ partijiet terzi; ċerti obbligi rigward trasferimenti ulterjuri; aspetti tal-valutazzjoni tal-liġijiet ta’ pajjiżi terzi rigward l-aċċess għad-data pubblika mill-awtoritajiet pubbliċi; u n-notifika lill-SA.

Il-President tal-EDPB Andrea Jelinek żied jgħid: “Il-kundizzjonijiet li taħthom jistgħu jintużaw l-SCCs għandhom ikunu ċari għall-organizzazzjonijiet u s-suġġetti tad-data għandhom jingħataw drittijiet u rimedji effettivi. Barra minn hekk, l-SCCs għandhom jinkludu distribuzzjoni ċara tar-rwoli u tar-reġim tar-responsabbiltà bejn il-partijiet. Fir-rigward tal-ħtieġa, f’ċerti każijiet, għal miżuri supplimentari ad hoc sabiex jiġi żgurat li s-suġġetti tad-data jingħataw livell ta’ protezzjoni essenzjalment ekwivalenti għal dak garantit fl-UE, l-SCCs il-ġodda se jkollhom jintużaw flimkien mar-Rakkomandazzjonijiet tal-EDPB dwar miżuri supplimentari.”

L-EDPB u l-KEPD jistiednu lill-Kummissjoni tirreferi għall-verżjoni finali tar-Rakkomandazzjonijiet tal-EDPB dwar miżuri supplimentari, jekk il-verżjoni finali tar-rakkomandazzjonijiet tiġi adottata qabel id-deċiżjoni tal-SCC tal-Kummissjoni. Dan id-dokument tressaq għall-konsultazzjoni pubblika sal-21 ta’ Diċembru 2020 u għadu soġġett għal modifiki ulterjuri possibbli abbażi tar-riżultati tal-konsultazzjoni pubblika.

 

Nota lill-edituri:  
Kunu afu li d-dokumenti kollha adottati waqt is-Sessjoni Plenarja tal-Bord Ewropew għall-Protezzjoni tad-Data huma soġġetti għall-verifiki legali, lingwistiċi u ta’ fformattjar neċessarji u se jkunu disponibbli fuq is-sit web tal-Bord Ewropew għall-Protezzjoni tad-Data ladarba dawn il-verifiki jitlestew

 

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