European Parliament adopts postition on GDPR procedural rules

11/04/2024 | European Parliament

On Wednesday, 10 April, the European Parliament voted 329 in favour, 213 against, and 79 abstentions to adopt its position on the additional procedural rules designed to increase cooperation between member state data protection authorities (DPAs) concerning the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The new harmonisation law will provide clearer dispute resolution mechanisms and harmonise certain procedural rules and rights.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) agreed that all parties should have the right to equal and impartial treatment no matter where complaints are logged, along with the need for procedural transparency and that every party has the right to be heard before any decision is taken that could negatively affect them.

Parliament also proposed standardising the procedural deadlines for handling complaints. Under the new rules, DPAs must acknowledge the receipt of a complaint and declare whether it is admissible within two weeks. DPAs will be permitted a further three weeks to determine if the case applies across borders and to identify the relevant lead authority. Draft decisions must be delivered within nine months of receiving the complaint, subject to certain exceptions.

The proposal will be revisited by the new Parliament after the European elections in June.

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