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Parliamentary activity and the General Data Protection Regulation (gdpr)

The Paradigm of the Hellenic Parliament

In: International Journal of Parliamentary Studies
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Grigoris LazarakosDPO, Hellenic Parliament, Athens, Greece, dpo@parliament.gr

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Abstract

In light of the recent cjeu case C-272/19 of 9 July 2020 (vq v. Land Hessen), debates commenced within various European Parliaments regarding the material scope of application of the General Data Protection Regulation (gdpr) to data processing in parliamentary core areas. This case study focuses on Greece, and aims at highlighting the points of intersection and tension between parliamentary action – in particular the institution of parliamentary control – and the protection of personal data, as they emerge from the practice of the Hellenic Data Protection Authority (“hdpa”) and the Hellenic Parliament. It further makes proposals to end the current fragmentation in the implementation of data protection across the European Parliaments and to ensure consistent and homogenous application of the data protection rules in relation to core parliamentary activities throughout the European Union.

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