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    • 27/01/2021
    • Articles

    European Commission’s draft Standard Contractual Clauses Jointly Commented on by EDPB and EDPS

    The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) commented on the European Commission’s draft standard contractual clauses (SCCs) for the transfer of data to third countries (the Transfer SCCs), and between data controllers and data processors (the Processor SCCs). The Transfer SCCs would replace the three current sets of transfer SCCs, which are the main safeguards used to transfer personal data to third countries outside the EU/EEA. By contrast, there are currently no EU-wide template SCCs for contracts between controllers and processors. Overall, the EDPB and EDPS welcome both sets of SCCs. The Transfer SCCs present a reinforced level of protection for data subjects, while the Processor SCCs will help to ensure full harmonisation and legal certainty across the EU for contracts between controllers and their processors. Nevertheless, the EDPB and EDPS request the Commission to make some amendments and include further clarifications in the final text of the SCCs. Please click below for a short note on the joint opinions of the EDPB and EDPS.

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    • 26/01/2021
    • Articles

    EDPB adopts Guidelines on examples regarding data breach notification

    On 18 January 2020, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) published new guidance on how to handle data breaches in the form of “Examples regarding Data Breach Notification” (Guidelines 01/2021 on Examples regarding Data Breach Notification – the Guidelines). The Guidelines discuss 18 examples of data breaches, explaining in each case whether the breach must be notified to supervisory authorities and/or to the data subjects concerned. In addition, the Guidelines contain useful recommendations on preventive measures and solutions to mitigate the impact of data breaches. The Guidelines follow earlier general guidance on the topic from the Article 29 Working Party (WP29). The Guidelines complement the WP29 guidance and provide more practical advice based on the common experiences of the national supervisory authorities of the EEA countries since the GDPR entered into force. Please click below to read our note on the new guidelines published by the EDPB.

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    • 21/01/2021
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    Public Procurement – Court of Justice of European Union Clarifies Application of Optional Exclusion Grounds and Right to “Self-cleaning”

    On 14 January 2021, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that tenderers who find themselves in one of the optional grounds for exclusion referred to in Article 57(4) of Directive 2014/24/EU of 26 February 2014 on public procurement (the Directive) are only obliged to spontaneously demonstrate that the corrective measures which they have taken are sufficient to demonstrate their reliability despite the existence of a relevant exclusion ground, if this is required by national law or set out in the tender documents. Furthermore, the CJEU held that Article 57(6) of the Directive has direct effect (CJEU, judgment of 14 January 2021, Case C‑387/19, RTS Infra and Aannemingsbedrijf Norré-Behaegel).

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