European Commission steps up EU GDPR enforcement monitoring

01/02/2023 | TechCrunch

The European Commission has indicated it intends to step up its monitoring of EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcement. In response to a request for information from the European Ombudsman following a complaint by the Irish Council for Civil Libertiesthe commission will require national supervisory data protection authorities (DPAs) to provide "an overview of large-scale cross-border investigations under the GDPR" every two months. The reporting criteria include details of the controller or processor involved, the type and scope of the investigation, which DPAs are involved, along with a record of any procedural steps and investigatory measures taken. 

In an ICCL article responding to the news, Senior ICCL Fellow Dr Johnny Ryan said: "The European Commission's new commitment should transform Europe's data and digital enforcement. Previously, big cases lay dormant for years. Now, we should see acceleration in investigation and enforcement, and it will be clear where the European Commission needs to take swift action against Member States that fail to apply the GDPR. This heralds the beginning of true enforcement of the GDPR, and of serious European enforcement against Big Tech."

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