EDPB adopts Guidelines on Art. 60 GDPR, Guidelines on dark patterns in social media platform interfaces, toolbox on essential data protection safeguards for enforcement cooperation between EEA and third country SAs

Mar 15, 2022

Source: European Data Protection Board

Brussels, 15 March – The EDPB adopted Guidelines on Art. 60 GDPR. The drafting of such guidance is part of the EDPB Strategy and Work Programme 2021-2022 to support effective enforcement and efficient cooperation between national supervisory authorities (SAs). The guidelines provide a detailed description of the GDPR cooperation between SAs and aim to further increase the consistent application of the legal provisions relating to the one-stop-shop mechanism. The guidelines help SAs to interpret and apply their own national procedures in such a way that it conforms to and fits in the cooperation under the one-stop-shop mechanism.

The EDPB 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 on 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 adopted a toolbox on essential data protection safeguards for enforcement cooperation between EEA and third country SAs. This contributes to one of the key actions of the EDPB Strategy and Work Programme 2021-2022 and aims to facilitate the engagement between EDPB members and the SAs of third countries. 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.

Finally, the EDPB adopted a joint EDPB-EDPS opinion on the proposals to extend the Digital COVID Certificate. A separate press release will be published on this topic later today.

Note to editors:

­ All documents adopted during the EDPB Plenary are subject to the necessary legal, linguistic and formatting checks and will be made available on the EDPB website once these have been completed.

 

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