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Editorial – Holiday Special

Holiday Special, 17 December 2018 Issue

Welcome to GDPR Today – your online hub for staying tuned to the (real) life of EU data protection law. As you know, every two months we will be publishing statistics showing how the GDPR is being applied across Europe. More often, we will be sharing relevant news, from legal guidelines and decisions, to data breaches, new codes of conduct, important business developments, and memes.

This month, we are coming to you with a holiday special. Dashing through the EU rain, in a one-horse open sleigh, through the web we go, reporting all the way. GDPR, GDPR, what tidings do yee bring?

In this holiday edition, you can read all about the first fines that are being imposed, complaints that are being filed and the ongoing consultations from the EDPB. You will find out about new tools developed by NGOs such as Privacy International’s campaign which you can use to ask companies not to exploit your data. You can also learn about Romania’s attempts to misuse the GDPR to restrict press freedom and Spain’s worryingly creative interpretation of the GDPR to allow political parties to use voters’ sensitive data without their consent during electoral periods.

If the European Data Protection Board were not busy enough having to coordinate cross-border complaints, it looks like it will have to start dealing with EU States’ wrongful implementation of the GDPR. Should the EU Commission come to the rescue and bring the EU states back in line with their obligations and commitments?

We know that 2018 has proven to be a challenging year all around, for democracy, for human rights, and even for the GDPR itself. Let’s not take the benefits of any of these three for granted. Instead, let’s use the upcoming holidays to recharge, reflect, and get ready for a GDPR-intense, rights-enhancing 2019.

The GDPR Team wishes you happy holidays and all the best for 2019!

Estelle Massé from Access Now
Valentina Pavel, Mozilla Fellow working with Privacy International as host organisation, and ApTI member

The content for this edition was provided by:

Access Now,
Association for Technology and Internet,
European Digital Rights,
Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights,
Privacy International,
Panoptykon Foundation.