EDPB Releases Statement on the Digital Services Package and Data Strategy; Calls for Ban on Targeted Ads

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On November 18, 2021, the European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) released a statement on the Digital Services Package and Data Strategy (the “Statement”). The Digital Services Package and Data Strategy is a package composed of several legislative proposals, including the Digital Services Act (“DSA”), the Digital Markets Act (“DMA”), the Data Governance Act (“DGA”), the Regulation on a European approach for Artificial Intelligence (“AIR”) and the upcoming Data Act (expected to be presented shortly). The proposals aim to facilitate the further use and sharing of personal data between more public and private parties; support the use of specific technologies, such as Big Data and artificial intelligence (“AI”); and regulate online platforms and gatekeepers.

The EDPB’s Statement draws attention on several concerns related to the proposals, including (1) lack of protection of individuals’ fundamental rights and freedoms, (2) fragmented supervision, and (3) risks of inconsistencies.

With respect to the lack of protection of individuals’ fundamental rights and freedoms, the EDPB highlights specific issues and makes recommendations directed toward

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