HomeInsightsEuropean Data Protection Board adopts Guidelines on Article 60 GDPR, Guidelines on dark patterns in social media platform interfaces, and toolbox on essential data protection safeguards for enforcement cooperation between EEA and third country SAs

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The EDPB has adopted Guidelines on Article 60 of the GDPR. The guidelines provide a detailed description of the GDPR procedure on cooperation between supervisory authorities (SAs) and aim to further increase the consistent application of the legal provisions relating to the one-stop-shop mechanism. The EDPB says that the guidelines help SAs to interpret and apply their own national procedures so as to fit in with the one-stop-shop mechanism.

The EDPB has also adopted Guidelines on dark patterns in social media platform interfaces. The guidelines offer practical recommendations to designers and users of social media platforms on how to assess and avoid so-called “dark patterns” in social media interfaces that infringe GDPR requirements. Dark patterns are interfaces and user experiences implemented on social media platforms that cause users to make unintended, unwilling and potentially harmful decisions regarding the processing of their personal data. This influences users’ behaviour and ability to effectively protect their personal data. The guidelines give concrete examples of dark pattern types, present best practices for different use cases and contain specific recommendations for designers of user interfaces that facilitate the effective implementation of the GDPR.

The EDPB has also adopted a toolbox on essential data protection safeguards for enforcement cooperation between the EEA and third country SAs. This aims to facilitate engagement between EDPB members and third country SAs. The toolbox can be used both for administrative arrangements developed within the EDPB by the SAs themselves and for international agreements negotiated by the European Commission. The toolbox covers key topics, such as enforceable rights of data subjects, compliance with data protection principles and judicial redress. To read the EDPB’s press release in full, click here.

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