Brussels, 22 May 2019
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which entered into force on 25 May 2018, formally recognized the appointment and role of Data Protection Officers (DPOs).
The EBF organised the first Data Protection Officers Forum, 22 May 2019. The EBF DPO Forum aims at addressing more practical issues that may have arisen following the entry into force of the GDPR. It encourages the exchange of good practices, through the opening of a line of communication facilitating dialogue amongst DPOs in Europe to promote a harmonised approach at European level for the benefit of the banking sector and data subjects.
This first meeting, which aimed to create an open forum of discussions, saw 40 DPOs and representatives from 10 national associations (representing in total 17 European countries) exchange views and good practices on some key issues identified in the implementation of the European data protection framework.
EBF members and DPOs notably discussed some questions regarding internal governance and processes put in place related to the position of DPOs in banks to ensure compliance with the GDPR. Members also exchanged views on some practical questions linked to the data breach notification framework provided by the GDPR.
During the afternoon session, members exchanged views and discussed how to ensure a strong data protection framework for customers’ data, with guests from the European Commission, the European Central Bank as well as with several national data protection authorities and national financial supervisors.