EU Parliament Committee votes in favour of GDPR harmonisation law

15/02/2024 | European Parliament

On Thursday, 15 February, the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) voted (32-24 with 4 abstentions) in favour of the proposed changes to EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) procedural rules. The proposed new harmonisation law aims to introduce standard rules for dealing with the complaints and procedural rights of parties involved in cross-border GDPR enforcement cases. The changes also establish deadlines for cross-border procedures and disputes, along with strengthening cooperation and dispute resolution mechanisms of the GDPR.

Responding to the news, European Digital Rights (EDRi) described the proposed harmonisation law as a step forward but warned that the text does not go far enough to safeguard the fundamental rights of individuals.

Ahead of the vote, on Wednesday, Hunton Andrews Kurth attorneys David Dumont and Laura LĂ©onard and Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL) Director of Privacy and Data Policy Natascha Gerlach published an op-ed on LinkedIn discussing potential implications with the harmonisation law and the LIBE Committee's draft report. 

Meanwhile, in a separate article, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) warned that rather than streamlining GDPR enforcement as was the original aim of the proposal, the recommendations contained in the LIBE Committee's draft report give "significantly more powers to complainants to intervene while limiting those of parties under investigation." 

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