Article 29 Working Party

Introduction

  • The Working Party on the Protection of Individuals with regard to the Processing of Personal Data, generally known as Article 29 Working Party (WP29), is the independent European Union Advisory Body on Data Protection and Privacy, composed of representatives from each of the EU Member States, the European Data Protection Supervisor, and the representative of the European Commission. 
  • The WP29 was established by Article 29 of Directive 95/46/EC on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data. Its tasks are laid down in Article 30 of above-mentioned Directive and Article 15 of the Directive 2002/58/EC on privacy and electronic communications (e-Privacy Directive). 
  • The Chairman of the working party is Ms. Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, President of the Commission Nationale de L’informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), France. The Vice-Chairmen of the WP29 are Mr. Ventsislav Karadjov and Mr. Antonello Soro.
  • The WP's website offers a list of Opinions and recommendations, Letters, Press releases, Annual reports, Plenary agendas, Public consultations, Binding Corporate rules, and the Structure of the WP.
  • Tasks

    The WP29 tasks are:
    1. Examine any question covering the application of the national measures adopted under the Directive in order to contribute to the uniform application of such measures;
    2. Give the Commission an opinion on the level of protection in the Community and in third countries;
    3. Advise the Commission on any proposed amendment of the Directive, on any additional or specific measures to safeguard the rights and freedoms of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on any other proposed Community measures affecting such rights and freedoms;
    4. Give an opinion on codes of conducts drawn up at Community level;
    • The Working Party can make, on its own initiative, recommendations on all matters relating to privacy and data protection in the European Community. The WP29 has conducted online consultations on data protection issues related to intellectual property rights, RFID, video surveillance, binding corporate rules, electronic health records and most recently on the protection of children's personal data. It has issued several opinions on issues such as the transfer of travelers’ personal name record information to the US, the introduction of biometrics into passports and visas, the transfer of financial information to the US, the introduction of EU-wide data retention requirements, the protection of children’s personal data, a draft Commission decision on standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries, under Directive 95/46/EC and on the proposals amending e-Privacy Directive (Directive 2002/58/EC).
    • The WP29´s opinions and recommendations are forwarded to the European Commission and to the committee created to assist the European Commission Article 31 of the Directive 95/46/EC. The European Commission shall inform the WP29 of the action it has taken in response to its opinions and recommendations through a public report. That report is also forwarded to the European Parliament and the Council. The WP29 is also in charge of issuing an annual report in which it highlights data protection developments across the EU and within each EU and European Economic Area country. This annual report is also transmitted to the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council.
    According to the General Data Protection Regulation the European Data Protection Board will replace the Working Party.

    Membership

    • The WP29 is composed of a representative of the supervisory authority or authorities designated by each Member State, a representative of the European Data Protection Supervisor and a representative of the European Commission. The WP29 elect a Chair and a Vice-Chair for a period of two years and renewable only once. The actual Chairman of the working party is Ms. Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, President of the Commission Nationale de L’informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), France. The Vice-Chairmen of the WP29 are Mr. Ventsislav Karadjov and Mr. Antonello Soro.
    • The Secretariat is provided by Directorate C (Civil Justice, Rights and Citizenship) of the European Commission, Directorate General Justice, Freedom and Security.

    Opinions

  • On February 3, 2016, the WP29 issued the Statement on the Consequences of the Schrems Judgment
  • On December 16, 2015, the WP29 issued the Update of Opinion 8/2010 on applicable law in light of the CJEU judgement in Google Spain
  • On October 16, 2015, the WP29 issued the Statement on the implementation of the judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union of 6 October 2015 in the Maximilian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner case (C-362-14)
  • On June 16, 2015, the WP issued the Opinion 01/2015 on Privacy and Data Protection Issues relating to the Utilization of Drones.
  • On March 3, 2009, the WP29 issued the Opinion 3/2009 on the Draft Commission Decision on standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries, under Directive 95/46/EC.
  • On February 11, 2009, the WP29 issued the Opinion 2/2009 on the protection of children's personal data (General Guidelines and the special case of schools).
  • On February 10, 2009, the WP29 issued the Opinion 1/2009 on the proposals amending Directive 2002/58/EC on privacy and electronic communications (e-Privacy Directive).
  • On February 11, 2009, the WP29 issued the Working Document 1/2009 on pre-trial discovery for cross border civil litigation.
  • Documents adopted since 1997 until 2008.
  • Consultations

    Annual Reports

    Resources

  • Agreement on the General Data Protection Reform
  • Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (Articles 29, 30, 31).
  • Directive 2002/58/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 July 2002 concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector (Directive on privacy and electronic communications) (Article 15)
  • WP Opinions and Recommendations
  • WP29´s members
  • WP29: Rules of Procedure
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