Article 29 Data Protection Working Party

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The Article 29 Working Party (Art. 29 WP) was an advisory body made up of a representative from the data protection authority of each EU Member State, the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Commission. On 25 May 2018, it has been replaced by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679)[1].

The composition and purpose of Art. 29 WP was set out in Article 29 of the Data Protection Directive, and it was launched in 1996.

Its main stated missions were to:

  • Provide expert advice to the States regarding data protection
  • Promote the consistent application of the Data Protection Directive in all EU state members, as well as Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland
  • Give to the Commission an opinion on community laws (first pillar) affecting the right to protection of personal data
  • Make recommendations to the public on matters relating to the protection of persons with regard to the processing of personal data and privacy in the European Community[2]

The Working Party elected its chairman and two vice-chairmen. The chairman's and vice-chairmen's term of office was two years. Their term of office was renewable only once.[3] The Working Party's secretariat was provided by the European Commission.

The European Commission also hosts a website with documents adopted by the Art. 29 WP, as well as other relevant information, such as on standard contractual clauses.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Article 29 Working Party - European Commission". Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Article 29 Working Party - European Commission". Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  3. ^ Rules of Procedure of the Working Party on the Protection of Individuals with Regard to the Processing of Personal Data, Brussels, 15 February 2010, art. 3.3
  4. ^ "Article 29 Working Party". Retrieved 21 January 2016.

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