Understanding new regulation can be problematic. It is not always very easy to see what is meant by the articles in the regulation, and how it actually affects your organization. In 1996 there was established the Article 29 Working Party, a group made of a representative from each member state (EU, not EEA), the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Commission. Their name and origin span from the Data Protection Directive of 1995.
Its main stated missions are 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
In other words, it is a group that is making it easier to understand the data protection regulations and giving guidelines to how you can approach compliance with the law.
Wikipedia (2017) Article 29 Data Protection Working Party
Accessed online: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_29_Data_Protection_Working_Party