EU: EDPS publishes Annual Report 2020
The European Data Protection Supervisor ('EDPS') published, on 19 April 2021, its Annual Report 2020 providing an insight into all EDPS activities in 2020. In particular, the report presents how the EDPS continued to fulfil its role as the data protection authority for EU institutions, agencies, and bodies ('EUIs') in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the report acknowledges the particular challenge and responsibility posed by the pandemic to data protection authorities, and that the EDPS established an internal COVID-19 taskforce composed of members of all the EDPS' units and sectors to coordinate and proactively undertake actions related to the interplay between privacy and the pandemic.
Furthermore, the Report highlights that, in 2020, the EPDS also demonstrated its commitment to ensuring that EUIs comply with the Court of Justice of the European Union's judgment in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximillian Schrems (C-311/18) by publishing its own strategic document and also highlighted that protecting the data of EU citizens when processed in non-EU countries will remain a top priority for the EDPS in 2021.
Moreover, the Report notes that, despite the pandemic, the EDPS issued a record number of legislative opinions and comments as a trusted advisor to the European Commission, the Council, and the European Parliament, with examples including, the opinions on the European strategy for data, on artificial intelligence, or on the proposed temporary derogations from the e-privacy framework.