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Term: Article 29 Working Party (WP29)

The Article 29 Working Party (WP29) used to be an EU advisory body on data protection until it was replaced by the EDPB after GDPR’s enactment in May 2018.

What is The Article 29 Working Party (WP29)?

The Article 29 Working Party (WP29) was an independent advisory body established within the European Union to offer guidance and insights on data protection matters. Made up of representatives from EU member states, its mission was to ensure a unified data protection approach within the EU.

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With the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, the establishment of a new body became necessary. This led to the formation of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), which effectively replaced WP29.

The EDPB took over the responsibilities of the WP29 and expanded on its mandate. This new body works to ensure consistent application of the GDPR across EU member states, providing clearer, more streamlined guidance to businesses and individuals.

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