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  • ISSN 2364-2831
  • Sprache: Englisch

EdpL 2/2020 – Facial Recognition, Covid-19 and Other Developments

Issue 2/2020 of the European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL) is now available! It includes opinions on the controversial facial recognition technology, penned by Michael O’Flaherty (EU Agency for Fundamental Rights – FRA) and Lotte Houwing (digital rights NGO Bits of Freedom).

The articles section of EDPL 2/2020 offers in-depth analyses on variety of topics: on fundamental rights as a normative keystone of DPIA, on the threats and opportunities for GDPR Certification (ISO/IEC 27701), the right to explanation under the right of access to personal data, an appraisal of codes of conduct under the GDPR, and the international legal mechanisms to facilitate transnational trade in personal data.

In the reports section, covering national developments, in this edition you can find:

Read also, three case notes on:


Issue 2/2020 wraps up with an insightful book review of La vie privée à l’heure de la société du numérique.

Become an Author for EDPL and view our Call for Papers

We cordially invite young researchers to submit articles based on their thesis.

Please use our Call for Papers:  Young Scholars Award 2020

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European Data Protection Law Review - EDPL

The European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL) provides a practical and intellectual forum to discuss, comment, and review all issues raised by the development and implementation of data protection law and policy in the EU Member States. The peer-reviewed journal reports on key legislative developments and addresses relevant legal, regulatory, and administrative progresses in EU Member States and institutions. Important judgments that shape the interpretation and application of the EU law in this field are identified and analysed, particularly judgments by the European Courts, international courts and tribunals such as the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body, and higher national courts.

The EDPL reports on the law and policy governing:

  • Privacy and data protection,
  • Freedom of information, open data and re-use of information,
  • Civil liberties issues,
  • Data processing,
  • Data transfers,
  • Technology issues.

All contributions to EDPL shall undergo the process of a double blind peer-review, in order to guarantee the publication’s solid scientific output.

EDPL’s Target Audience

The quarterly addresses everyone who is concerned with data protection law issues such as legal practitioners in national and international law firms, government officials working in EU public administration, judges and legal experts in domestic, European and international courts, consultancies, and Data protection professionals in the EU and beyond.



Bart van der Sloot, Tilburg University

Associate Editors

Maja Brkan, University of Maastricht
Mark Cole, University of Luxembourg, Institute of European Media Law (EMR)
Gloria González Fuster, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Tijmen Wisman, VU University Amsterdam

Editorial Board

Franziska Boehm, Leibniz-Institute for Information Infrastructure/Karlsruhe Institute for Technologies
Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche, Taylor Wessing
Alexander Dix, European Academy of Freedom of Information and Data Protection (EAID)
Federico Ferretti, University of Bologna
Hielke Hijmans, Belgian Data Protection Authority
Els Kindt, KU Leuven, Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI)
Eleni Kosta, Tilburg University
Orla Lynskey, London School of Economics
Alessandro Mantelero, Polytechnic University of Turin
Marc Rotenberg, Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation
Peter Schaar, European Academy of Freedom of Information and Data Protection (EAID)
Indra Spiecker genannt Döhmann, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
Alessandro Spina, European Medicines Agency
Wojciech Wiewiórowski, European Data Protection Supervisor
Tal Zarsky, University of Haifa, Israel
Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, Radboud University Nijmegen

Executive Editor

Jakob McKernan, Lexxion Publisher, Berlin


Data Protection Insider

Editor: Dara Hallinan, FIZ Karlsruhe
Sub-editor: Diana Dimitrova, FIZ Karlsruhe

Latest Articles

Issue Article
2/2020 Fundamental Rights, the Normative Keystone of DPIA
2/2020 ISO/IEC 27701 Standard: Threats and Opportunities for GDPR Certification
2/2020 The Right to Explanation under the Right of Access to Personal Data: Legal Foundations in and Beyond the GDPR
2/2020 Codes of (Mis)conduct? An Appraisal of Articles 40-41 GDPR in View of the 1995 Data Protection Directive and Its Shortcomings
2/2020 Trade in Personal Data: Extending International Legal Mechanisms to Facilitate Transnational Trade in Personal Data?
1/2020 The Data-Laundromat? Public-Private-Partnerships and Publicly Available Data in the Area of Law Enforcement
1/2020 Sparkling Lights in the Going Dark: Legal Safeguards for Law Enforcement’s Encryption Circumvention Measures
1/2020 Data Protection in Mobile Wallets
1/2020 Shortcomings of the Passenger Name Record Directive in Light of Opinion 1/15 of the Court of Justice of the European Union
1/2020 Regulating the Dynamic Concept of Non-Personal Data in the EU: From Ownership to Portability
4/2019 European Regulation of Smartphone Ecosystems
4/2019 Civil Liability for Processing of Personal Data in the GDPR
4/2019 Tort and Data Protection Law: Are There Any Lessons to Be Learnt?
3/2019 The Court of Justice as a Key Player in Privacy and Data Protection: An Overview of Recent Trends in Case Law at the Start of a New Era of Data Protection Law
3/2019 Assessing the Legal and Ethical Impact of Data Reuse: Developing a Tool for Data Reuse Impact Assessments (DRIA)
3/2019 Regulating Big Data in and out of the Data Protection Policy Field: Two Scenarios of Post-GDPR Law-Making and the Actor Perspective
3/2019 Privacy Icons: Conceptual Challenges of EU Directive 2016/680
3/2019 The Law Enforcement Directive: Conceptual Challenges of EU Directive 2016/680
26. März 2020

EdpL 1/2020 – 4th EDPL Young Scholar Award: Best 5 Articles

Considering the relationship between data protection law and the COVID-19 outbreak, responses by Member States' Data Protection Authorities are of key interest. With this in mind, we would like to point the interested reader to the overview of the DPA responses put together for the EDPL: COVID-19 Special
Leading scholars from the US and EU - James Rule and Janneke Gerards – have penned opinions on the notion of balancing. EDPL 1/2020 features the top five articles from the recently concluded European-wide competition for the most outstanding research by young data protection scholars. Among the topics of the top ranked articles: public-private partnerships and public data in law enforcement, the legal safeguards for law enforcement’s encryption circumvention, data protection in mobile wallets, the shortcomings of the PNR Directive in light of CJEU's Opinion 1/15, and . Read about the latest developments from the Member States and beyond in our practical reports section:   Find three case annotations on judgements by the CJEU and the ECtHR: Also in this issue, reviews of the books European Data Protection Regulation, Journalism, and Traditional Publishers and Good Data.   View the whole content of EDPL 1/2020: HERE
We cordially invite young researchers to submit articles based on their thesis. Please use our Call for Papers:  Young Scholars Award 2020
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13. Dezember 2019

EdpL 4/2019 – Data-Driven Tech, Face Recognition and More

We round off a happening year for data protection with the latest edition of the European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL). In issue 4/2019 you find the opinions by experts from the US and South Korea - Susan Landau and Min-Young Choi - on the effectiveness of large scale data-driven processes. Read articles by renowned academics on the European regulation of smartphone ecosystems, civil liability for processing of personal data in the GDPR, and a comparative international study on tort and data protection law. Get an update on the latest from the Member States and beyond in our practical reports section: Read about these recent CJEU judgements in our case notes section: Also in EDPL 4/2019: two insightful book reviews and interviews with FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra and the Novartis Privacy Head (EU) Alexandre Entraygues   View the whole content of EDPL 4/2019: HERE.
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22. Oktober 2019

EdpL 3/2019 – A Cornucopia of Data Protection Insights

The latest EDPL issue is out! Its impressive volume and diversity illustrates how active the world of data protection is these days. You can read the opinions of Aaron Fluitt et al and Dara Hallinan on the regulation of non-personal and aggregated data. In the articles section, leading experts explore the recent trends in the case law of the Court of Justice, assess the legal and ethical impact of data reuse, suggest ways to regulate Big Data in the post-GDPR era, use privacy icons to visualise data processing, and discuss the challenges of the Law Enforcement Directive. The practical reports section brings you up-to-speed with the latest developments in:   Four annotations of important cases of the CJEU, General Court and US Supreme Court: As the main media partner of the 41st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, EDPL is featuring interviews with renowned commissioners from around the world. View the whole content of EDPL 3/2019: HERE. Interview with Alexandre Entraygues, Novartis Privacy Head (EU): Interview Alexandre Entraygues (pdf)
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26. Juni 2019

Issue 2/2019 – Focus on different Aspects on the Medical Domain

In the second issue of the European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL) renowned experts Antoine Picon and Esther Keymolen have published opinions on privacy and data protection in smart cities. The Articles section of issue 2/19 focuses mostly on the medical domain, covering topics like: to name a few. Our GDPR Implementation Series continues with a report from Finland. You can also find reports on the Bundeskartellamt’s Facebook decision, the EDPB’s take on the interplay between the ePrivacy Directive and the GDPR, and a comparative report on data protection in Israel. In the Case Notes section we have put together a diverse offer consisting of two judgments by the ECtHR (Big Brother Watch and ML and WW v Germany), and the US case Airbnb, Inc, and HomeAway.com v City of New York.   View the whole content of EDPL 2/2019: HERE.
Interviews with commissioners from around the world In the run up to the 41st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) in Tirana, the European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL) is doing a series with interviews with commissioners from around the world. Interview with Dr Andrea Jelinek, EDPB Chair and Director of the Austrian Data Protection Authority: Interview Andrea Jelinek (pdf) Interview with Angelene Falk, Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner and Executive Committee member of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC): Interview Angelene Falk (pdf) Interview with Mr Stephen Wong, the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data in Hong Kong and Co-chair of the ICDPPC Working Group on Ethics and Data Protection in Artificial Intelligence: Interview Stephen Wong (pdf)
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5. März 2019

Issue 1/2019 – Eventful Start of 2019 for Data Protection Law in Europe and Beyond

The world of data protection law is buzzing with activity as the reader of the new issue 1/2019 of the European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL) can clearly observe. The latest edition of the journal covers a wide range of highly interesting analyses from Europe and beyond. We offer a strong international angle – with articles and reports on US, Japanese and Chinese developments and their link to the EU. Read a timely assessment of the recent CNIL fine on Google LLC, case notes on AG Szpunar’s opinion in C-507/17 Google LLC v CNIL, on C-207/16 Ministerio Fiscal and the ECtHR’s Ben Faiza ruling. The articles in EDPL 1/2019 cover an array of topics including: adequacy findings for third countries that have ratified Convention 108, the alternative interpretation of right to be forgotten in Japan, and the data protection exemption for immigration purposes under the European Convention on Human Rights.   View the whole content of EDPL 1/2019: HERE. View our current Call for Papers
20. Dezember 2018

Issue 4/2018 – Young Scholars Award Competition

Issue 4/2018 of the European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL) is out and it features the best 5 articles from our 3rd annual Young Scholars Award competition. This years’ top entries cover topics like interoperability of EU databases, contesting automated decisions and improving consent in information privacy. This rich edition of EDPL is packed with 8 insightful reports on, e.g. GDPR implementation in Italy, blockchain and the new data protection law in China. Also in the issue: opinions by Gary Marx and Woodrow Hartzog, case notes on C-498/16 Schrems, C-210/16 Wirtschaftsakademie, Benedik App no 62357/14 and Centrum för Rättvisa App no 35252/08, as well as the speeches by Giovanni Buttarelli and Tim Cook from the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. View the whole content of EDPL 4/2018: HERE. View our current Call for Papers for the Young Scholars Award.
4. Oktober 2018

Issue 3/2018 – Special Focus on Health Data, Medicine and the GDPR

The new issue 3/2018 of the European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL) is out and it has a special focus on Health Data, Medicine and the GDPR. We are honoured to publish the opinions by Giovanni Comandé and Gianluca Montanari Vergallo on the special theme. Read the articles on AI and machine learning in medicine, data portability in health research and the EU Open Science Agenda, all critically analysed in light of the GDPR. Our regular rich Reports section features, among others, updates on the GDPR implementation in Belgium, the Netherlands and Romania. Find also in this issue: annotations on recent judgments by the CJEU (Jehovah’s Witnesses), the ECtHR (Lopez Ribalda v Spain) and the US Supreme Court (Byrd v US). View all articles of EDPL 3/2018.
26. Juni 2018

Issue 2/2018 – Subsequent Use of GDPR Data

Issue 2/2018 of the European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL) is now available! You can find opinions by Artemi Rallo, former Director of the Spanish DPA, and Gus Hosein, Director of Privacy International. Other highlights from this edition: Scientific articles on, among others, the subsequent use of GDPR data for a law enforcement purposes and data protection by design and by default. Our GDPR Implementation Series continues with a report on Ireland. Case notes on CJEU’s Nowak case and the ECtHR’s Libert v France. View all articles of EdpL 2/2018.
21. März 2018

Issue 1/2018 – Paradigm Shift in Data Protection

In this rich edition, you can find, among many other interesting contributions, articles on blockchains and EU data protection, the data quality principle, and the data of unborn children. A thought-provoking discussion between Prof Christopher Hodges (University of Oxford) and Hielke Hijmans (formerly of EDPS) proposes and elaborates on a paradigm shift in data protection enforcement (and the GDPR in particular). Staying on the topic of the GDPR, we have 3 new reports in our ongoing GDPR Implementation Series – read how France, Latvia and Sweden are revamping their laws to prepare for the EU Regulation. View all articles of EDPL 1/2018

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