The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has recently released a comprehensive case digest focusing on the Security of Processing (Article 32 GDPR) and Data Breach Notification (Articles 33 & 34 GDPR). Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect, data protection authorities across Europe have been collaborating to issue decisions regarding data security and breaches. This latest publication serves as a valuable resource, providing detailed interpretations and applications of GDPR by authorities in various incidents, including hacking, ransomware attacks, and unintended data disclosures.
The digest is a culmination of thorough analyses of security incidents and the effectiveness of the security measures imposed in each case. It is designed to aid case handlers within the DPAs by offering a substantial body of reference on how to handle similar situations. The insights are also immensely beneficial for organizations, both data controllers, and processors, to gauge the adequacy of their security measures. This evaluation is crucial for both preventive strategies and in response to data breaches.
This second edition of the EDPB’s case digests draws from a selection of one-stop-shop decisions available on the EDPB’s public register. The digests are created as part of the EDPB Support Pool of Experts initiative, which aims to bolster the capacity of DPAs to supervise and enforce data protection laws more effectively.
For organizations committed to GDPR compliance, the EDPB’s case digest offers a critical tool for understanding regulatory expectations and for shaping their data protection strategies accordingly. It underscores the importance of proactive security measures and the need for prompt action in the event of a data breach, ensuring that organizations stay aligned with GDPR requirements.