On 24 June 2020, the European Commission has published its first report on the General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) which has applied in the EU since May 2018. Overall, the Commission considers the GDPR to be a success story, but, at the same time, it identifies certain areas where there is room for improvement and the challenges that lie ahead. In particular, the Commission notes that the efficient and coordinated enforcement of the GDPR among all Member States is of paramount importance. Moreover, the application of the GDPR to new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain, requires continuous monitoring. According to the Commission, the Covid-19 crisis has proved that the use of new technologies and data protection go hand in hand. Please click below for a note summarising the Commission’s report.