Alexander Fanta

Dear European Data Protection Board,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

- The full "mission report" of the EDPD mission to San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Napa Valley (US) from November 6-12, 2018 and all meeting minutes and other documents related to the mission

- Board meeting minutes, reports and all other e-mails and documents, including the entry to the Common Market Information System, relating to Facebook's "be on the lookout" internal information system, as referred to the EDPB by the Hamburg DPA.

Yours faithfully,

Alexander Fanta

European Data Protection Board

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

Thank you for your e-mail and your interest in data protection. We are
looking into your request for information and will get back to you within
due time.

 

Best regards,

the EDPB Secretariat

European Data Protection Board

Dear Mr. Fanta

We confirm registration of your access to documents request and registered it today under reference 2019/19. Please use this reference for further correspondence.

We are currently assessing your request and will provide you with a reply within 15 working days (01/07/2019).

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best regards,

The EDPB Secretariat

European Data Protection Board

Dear Mr. Fanta,

 

We refer to your email dated 03/06/2019 in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 07/06/2019 under reference number
2019/19.

 

Your application is currently being handled. However, we will not be in a
position to complete the handling of your application within the time
limit of 15 working days, which expires today (01/07/2019).

 

An extended time limit is needed as your application covers a set of
documents that are in possession of other services that are currently
being consulted.

 

Therefore, we have to extend the time limit with 15 working days in
accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding
public access to documents. The new time limit expires on 22/07/2019.

 

We apologize for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

On behalf of

Ventsislav Karadjov, deputy chair of the EDPB

 

 

 

European Data Protection Board

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Dear Mr. Fanta,

 

Please find attached the answer from Mr. Karadjov, EDPB Deputy Chair, with
regard to your access request.

 

Sincerely,

 

The EDPB Secretariat

 

 

 

Dear European Data Protection Board,

Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.

I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request 'Silicon Valley Mission Report and BOLO list debates'.

Under the Regulation 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, Article 4 (3), I was denied access to 8 documents falling under the scope of my request. The sections in questions states that 'if disclosure of the document would seriously undermine the institution's decision-making process, unless there is an overriding public interest in disclosure.'

It is very hard for me to tell whether the disclosure of the documents in question would actually 'seriously undermine the institution's decision-making process', as I am not privy to them. However, I would like to argue that, after one year of the full application of the General Data Protections Regulation, there is an incessant public debate about data protection and how to deal with the behaviour of corporations such as Google and Facebook. The documents in question are likely to shed light on the discussion process of European group of regulators and their dealings with these and other corporations that so far has largely escaped the eye of the public.

I would argue that, in the light of the ongoing debate about privacy, competition and related debates around disinformation, hybrid threats, etc. and new EU laws such as the ePrivacy Regulation and the Digital Services Act being considered, there clearly is a need for the public to better understand the debate within regulating bodies and the challenges faced in making regulatory decisions. I therefore argue there is an overriding public interest in disclosing the documents in full.

A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/sili...

Yours faithfully,

Alexander Fanta

European Data Protection Board

Dear Mr Fanta,

We acknowledge receipt of your confirmatory request sent on 19 July 2019.

Therefore, we confirm registration of your confirmatory request registered today under reference 2019/19. Please use this reference for further correspondence.

We are currently assessing your confirmatory request and will provide you with a reply within 15 working days (deadline: 14/08/2019).

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best regards,

The EDPB Secretariat

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European Data Protection Board

Dear Mr. Fanta,

 

We refer to your email dated 19/07/2019 in which you made a confirmatory
request, registered on 24/07/2019 under reference number 2019/19.

 

Your application is currently being handled. However, we will not be in a
position to complete the handling of your application within the time
limit of 15 working days, which expires today (14/08/2019).

 

An extended time limit is needed as your application covers a set of
documents that are in possession of other services that are currently
being consulted.

 

Therefore, we have to extend the time limit with 15 working days in
accordance with Article 8(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding
public access to documents. The new time limit expires on 05/09/2019.

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

On behalf of

Andrea Jelinek, chair of the EDPB

 

European Data Protection Board

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Dear Mr. Fanta,

 

Please find attached the answer from Ms. Andrea Jelinek, EDPB Chair, with
regard to your confirmatory application.

 

Sincerely,

 

The EDPB Secretariat