Insights European Data Protection Board adopts various documents and discusses draft UK adequacy decisions at its 46th plenary session


During its 46th plenary session on 9 March 2021, the EDPB adopted a wide range of documents and discussed the draft UK adequacy decisions presented by the European Commission. It adopted its two-year work program for 2021-2022, which follows the priorities set out in the EDPB 2021-2023 Strategy and will put the EDPB’s strategic objectives into practice.

The EDPB also adopted a Statement on the draft E-Privacy Regulation, in which it welcomed the Council’s agreement on the text on 10 February 2021 as a positive step in the finalisation of the Regulation (see item below).

The EDPB also adopted Guidelines on Virtual Voice Assistants (VVAs), which aim to identify some of the most relevant compliance challenges for VVAs and assist stakeholders on how to address them. The Guidelines will be submitted for public consultation for a period of six weeks until 23 April 2021.

The EDPB also adopted a final version of its Guidelines on Connected Vehicles following public consultation. The Guidelines focus on the processing of personal data in relation to the non-professional use of connected vehicles by data subjects. The final version includes updated wording and further clarifications to address the comments and feedback received during the consultation.

The EDPB also discussed the draft UK adequacy decisions received from the European Commission. The EDPB will thoroughly review the draft decisions, taking into account the importance of guaranteeing the continuity and high level of protection for data transfers from the EU.

Finally, the EDPB adopted joint EDPB-EDPS opinion on the Data Governance Act (see item below). To read the EDPB’s press release in full, click here. To read the EDPB’s statement on the E-Privacy Regulation, click here. To access the Guidelines referred to, click here.