EU: EDPB publishes document on Coordinated Enforcement Framework
The European Data Protection Board ('EDPB') announced on Twitter, on 1 December 2020, that it had published its Document on Coordinated Enforcement Framework under Regulation 2016/679 adopted on 20 October 2020. In particular, the document provides that the Coordinated Enforcement Framework ('CEF') provides a structure for coordinating recurring annual activities by EDPB supervisory authorities. In addition, the document highlights that the objective of the CEF is to facilitate joint actions in a flexible but coordinated manner, ranging from joint awareness raising and information gathering to enforcement sweeps and joint investigations, in order to promote compliance, empower data subjects to exercise their rights, raise awareness, and/or increase the knowledge of supervisory authorities. Moreover, the document recalls that the one-stop-shop mechanism remains unaffected by the CEF and applies whenever cross-border processing activities are concerned, as mutual assistance under Article 61 of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) ('GDPR') can be used as a tool within the annual coordinated action, but should be limited to its voluntary form where possible.