The Commission for the Protection of Privacy (the Privacy Commission) released on the 13th of May 2016 on its own initiative Recommendation no 04/2015. The recommendation addresses the issue of processing of personal data of Facebook users or non-users (as conducted by Facebook) and within this context focuses on issues of competent jurisdiction and applicable law. Furthermore, it deals with those who offer Facebook services or products on web pages including plug-ins.
The Privacy Commission released opinion 23/2015 on 17 July 2015 to express its position and views with regard to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) currently under discussion in the trialogue. This opinion follows other two critical opinions issued by the Privacy Commission on the texts of the GDPR elaborated by the Commission and by the European Parliament, respectively. Opinion 23/2015 can be rightly considered as the most comprehensive but targeted opinion of the Privacy Commission on the GDPR in which some of the most important aspects of the reform are analysed and commented upon. This brief assessment of opinion 23/2015 focuses on specific aspects of the reform highlighted by the Privacy Commission that are relevant to the PHAEDRA II project.