On July 16, 2019, the European Data Protection Board (the “EDPB”) published its Annual Report for 2018 (the “Report”). The Report highlights that the EDPB (1) endorsed 16 guidelines previously adopted by the Article 29 Working Party; (2) adopted four additional guidelines to clarify provisions of the GDPR; (3) adopted 26 consistency opinions to guarantee the consistent application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) by the EU data protection authorities; and (4) issued two opinions in the context of the legislative consultation process, as well as a statement on its own initiative and on the draft ePrivacy Regulation.

The Report also discloses some of the topics that the EDPB aims to further consider in its two-year work program for 2019-2020, such as data subjects’ rights, the concept of controller and processor, and legitimate interest. The EDPB also plans to focus on new technologies, such as connected vehicles, blockchain, artificial intelligence and digital assistants, video surveillance, search engine delisting, and data protection by design and by default.