5.3. State Data Protection Authorities

State Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) are independent public authorities in charge of superintending the implementation of data protection laws, via investigative and corrective powers (What Are Data Protection Authorities (DPAs)? 2018). DPAs offer expert advice concerning data protection matters and they are responsible for dealing with denunciations made due to violations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the respective national laws. In the context of GDPR all EU Member States should have a data protection authority, which is acting as the mediator among stakeholders within that Member State (Clerck, 2019). 

List of DPAs in several EU Member States (Wikipedia contributors, 2020b)

    Lithuania: State Data Protection Inspectorate

     Austria: Austrian Data Protection Authority

     Spain: Spanish Data Protection Agency

     Greece: Hellenic Data Protection Authority

     Cyprus: Office of the Commissioner for Personal Data Protection

     Italy: Italian Data Protection Authority

References

What are Data Protection Authorities (DPAs)? (2018, August 1). European Commission – European Commission. https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/reform/what-are-data-protection-authorities-dpas_en

Clerck, J. (2019, November 25). Supervisory authorities: consistency and Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) under GDPR. I-SCOOP.https://www.i-scoop.eu/supervisory-authorities-consistency-and-data-protection-authorities-dpas/

Wikipedia contributors. (2020b, December 2). National data protection authority. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_data_protection_authority

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