Article 29 Working Party appoints new chairperson

The Article 29 Working Party (WP29) has elected Andrea Jelinek, head of Austria’s data protection regulator, as its new chairperson.

The WP29 is an advisory body made up of representatives from each EU member state, providing advice on data protection practices and regulatory enforcement.

Jelinek will replace the CNIL’s Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, who has been instrumental in the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR), which will take effect from 25 May 2018. In Falque-Pierrotin’s four years as the head of the WP29, the board has overseen the GDPR’s enactment, closely monitored member states’ preparations for it and published detailed compliance guidance.

In a press conference announcing the election, Falque-Pierrotin said: “I’m very happy for [Jelinek] and will be passing all of these legacies and work to her. I’m sure she’ll make the most of it.”

Jelinek thanked Falque-Pierrotin, saying: “We will try to work together in the sense you showed us.”

When the GDPR takes effect, the WP29 will become the European Data Protection Board and take on more responsibility, advising the European Commission on data protection issues. Jelinek’s appointment suggests that the body could adopt a strict interpretation of the GDPR, as Austria’s data protection laws are among the sternest in the EU. The country is one of only two EU member states (Germany being the other) to overhaul its national privacy laws in preparation for the GDPR.

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