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European Data Protection Board: Guidelines on the processing for online services based on contracts, Equinix BCRs and Passenger Name Records (PNR)

11.10.2019 10.12 | Published in English on 11.10.2019 at 10.18
Press release

On October 8th and 9th, the EEA Data Protection Authorities and the European Data Protection Supervisor, assembled in the European Data Protection Board, met for their fourteenth plenary session. During the plenary a wide range of topics were discussed.

The EDPB adopted a final version of the guidelines on the scope and application of Article 6(1)(b) GDPR in the context of information society services. Following public consultation, points of clarification were included in the text. In its guidelines, the Board makes general observations regarding data protection principles and the interaction of Article 6(1)(b) with other lawful bases. In addition, the guidelines contain guidance on the applicability of Article 6(1)(b) in case of bundling of separate services and termination of contract.

The EDPB adopted its opinion on the draft decision regarding Equinix Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs), submitted to the Board by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The EDPB is of the opinion that the Equinix BCRs contain all elements required under article 47 GDPR and WP256 rev01 and contain the appropriate safeguards.

The EDPB adopted a letter in response to MEP Sophie in’t Veld’s letter regarding the renegotiated draft PNR agreement with Canada and its impact on other PNR agreements. In its response, the EDPB notes that the draft agreement has not yet been shared with the Board, but that the EDPB stands ready to issue an opinion. The letter further refers to a previous letter sent to the European Commission by the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), following the opinion of the European Court of Justice (CJEU) on the first draft PNR agreement with Canada.

The EDPB adopted its response to the Council Working Party on Sports’ request regarding the ongoing review process of the World Anti-Doping Code. In its letter, the Board recalls two WP29 opinions on the previous versions of the WADA code. The letter points out that progress has been made in relation to the safeguards on privacy and data protection provided by the new version of the Code and its Standards, but that some important concerns remain.

More information:
Data Protection Ombudsman Reijo Aarnio, tel. +358 40 520 7068, reijo.aarnio(at)

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