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Article 29 Working Party


Article 29 of European Directive 95/46/EC of 24 October 1995 (which is the foundation for the amended Act of 2 August 2002) set up an independent working party composed of representatives of the data protection authorities in the Member States of the European Union, which is called the "Article 29 Working Party".

Composition

  • Representatives of the supervisory authorities of each Member State of the European Union;
  • Representatives of the Community’s supervisory authorities;
  • One representative of the European Commission.

Tasks and duties

The Working Party has been entrusted with the following tasks:

  • To examine any question covering the application of the national measures adopted under Directive 95/46/EC in order to contribute to the uniform implementation of such measures;
  • To give the European Commission an opinion on the level of protection afforded to data in the European Community and in other countries;
  • To advise the European Commission on any proposed amendment to Directive 95/46/EC, on any proposed 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;
  • To give an opinion on codes of conduct drawn up at Community level by the bodies representing the parties responsible for such processing.

Furthermore, the Working Party is to inform the European Commission if it finds that divergences likely to affect the equivalence of protection for persons with regard to the processing of personal data in the European Community are arising between the national laws or practices of the Member States.

The Working Party may also, on its own initiative, make recommendations on all matters relating to the protection of persons with regard to the processing of personal data in the European Community.

Annual Activity Report

The Working Party draws up an annual report on the situation regarding the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data in the Community and in third countries, which it transmits to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the Council. The report is published.

The representative of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

  • Ms Tine A. LARSEN, Chair of the National Commission for Data Protection (CNPD).