Editorial – October 2018

No. 1, 25 Oct 2018 Issue

Welcome to GDPR Today – your online hub for staying tuned to the (real) life of EU data protection law. 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.

Behind GDPR Today there are several civil society organisations who work together under the umbrella of European Digital Rights, an association who supported the data protection reform. We see all the one-sided reporting that portrays the GDPR as a burden, highlights what does not work and even creates misunderstanding. With GDPR Today, we would like to present the facts so that the public can follow how the GDPR is shaping the rules for the digital market and helping people regain control over their data.

How many complaints have been filed since May 2018? How many data breaches have been reported? What major cases are coming up that will shape the interpretation of the GDPR? Are governments providing enough resources to data protection authorities? What tools are available for people to exercise their rights? If you want answers to these questions, GDPR Today is here for you. We created this for data protection experts and activists, journalists, data protection officers, lawyers, and anyone interested in the real life of the GDPR.

Happy reading!

Estelle Massé from Access Now
Katarzyna Szymielewicz from Panoptykon Foundation


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The very first issue of GDPR Today was a collaborative work.

The content was provided by:

Privacy International,

Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights,

Bits of Freedom,

Association for Technology and Internet,

Digital Rights Ireland.


The figures for “GDPR in Numbers” article were gathered by:

Open Rights Group and Digital Rights Europe (Ireland),

Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights (Italy),

Association for Technology and Internet (Romania),

Open Rights Group (United Kingdom),

Access Now (France),

Panoptykon Foundation (Germany and Poland),

DataSkydd (Sweden).