EDPB provides assistance on the ideas of controller and also processor in the GDPR (Component II)

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The European Data Defense Board(EDPB)released its finalised Standards on the ideas of controller as well as processor in the GDPR(07/2020)(Standards) in July. These principles play a critical role in the application of the GDPR as they determine that is responsible for conformity with GDPR commitments and just how information subjects can exercise their data defense civil liberties in method. In Component I, we described some of the vital highlights of the Guidelines in respect of the controller and processor concepts. This Component II addresses the essential highlights in regard of the joint controller concept and also the ramifications of the joint controller relationship.


  • The idea of joint controllers is not new as well as currently existed under the Information Protection Regulation 95/4/EC. However, Short article 26 GDPR presented particular policies for joint controllers as well as current CJEU judgments have clarified the principle and its effects– the findings in these judgments (Facebook Follower Pages (C-201/ 16), Creator’s Witnesses(C-25/ 17), and also Style ID (C-40/ 17)) are extensively tracked in the Standards. The Standards also supply some helpful sensible instances of the joint controller connection.
  • The EDPB checks out the overarching standard for joint controllership as being “the joint engagement of 2 or more entities in the decision of the objectives as well as the ways of a handling procedure.” More particularly, the events make decisions regarding crucial aspects such as the types of personal information to be gathered, the objectives for which the information need to be utilized and also the retention duration for the data.
  • Personal data can be shared in between, and also processed by numerous events without them being considered joint controllers– there must be a joint decision of functions and means, or else the parties will be independent controllers.
  • The EDPB recognizes that joint involvement can take various kinds, consisting of (i) where there is a common decision (or usual understanding) by two or even more entities on the functions and also methods of the information handling or (ii) where they result from converging choices on those purposes as well as implies– this reflects recent CJEU instance legislation on joint control. The EDPB offers that a choice can be taken into consideration as merging where the purpose as well as indicates “enhance each various other as well as are required for the handling to happen in such manner that they have a tangible effect on the resolution of the purposes as well as methods of handling.” A crucial criterion in assessing assembling decisions is that the processing would not be possible without both events’ engagement in the feeling that the handling by each celebration is completely linked or indivisible.
  • The EBPB additionally referrals CJEU situation regulation in noting that joint controllership may be established where purposes are carefully linked or complementary (rather than being necessarily the very same)– an instance provided is where there is a mutual benefit (e.g. commercial benefit) emerging from the exact same handling procedure, supplied that both celebrations were involved in figuring out the objectives and also ways of processing.
  • Use of a common data processing system or facilities will certainly not in all situations result in the parties being joint controllers, particularly where the handling accomplished is separable as well as might be performed by one event without intervention from the various other or where the company is a processor with no objective of its very own.
  • Qualification as a joint controller does not call for an organisation to exercise control over the entirety of the processing– it can work out control over a specific phase or phases, in which case its commitments as well as responsibilities will be limited to those particular phases in which it is associated with the handling.
  • The extent of involvement by each joint controller does not require to be equivalent– there can be various degrees of participation by the parties, which will certainly influence the degree of responsibility to be imposed.
  • Likewise to independent controllers, organisations do not need to have real accessibility to the information that is being processed to certify as a joint controller.

Joint Controller Partnership

  • Joint controllers should establish and agree on their respective commitments and responsibilities for complying with the GDPR by means of an arrangement. Although the GPDR does not recommend the lawful kind that this arrangement must take, the EDBP suggests that, for openness and also liability, the setup is made in the type of a binding document, such as a contract.
  • The EDBP notes that the plan should deal with the allocation of duties referenced in Short article 26 of the GDPR (including conformity with data subject rights demands and the arrangement of details to information subjects) yet suggests that it likewise cover other controller GDPR commitments, including (i) implementation of the information security concepts (Short article 5 GDPR), (ii) lawful basis for handling (Post 6 GDPR), (iii) execution of data safety and security actions (Post 32 GDPR), (iv) notification of individual data violations to information topics and the competent managerial authority (Articles 33 and also 34 GDPR), (vi) performing information security effect analyses (Articles 35 and 36 GDPR), (vi) use a processor (Write-up 28 GDPR), (vii) cross-border data transfers (Phase V GDPR) as well as (viii) call with information subjects as well as managerial authorities. The EDPB recommend that information of the subject matter, objective of handling, sorts of individual data and also categories of data topics involved need to be included.
  • As stated over, GDPR responsibilities do not need to be similarly dispersed in between the joint controllers– there may be instances where not all responsibilities can be assigned and joint controllers will certainly require to adhere to the very same obligations (e.g. keeping a document of handling activities as well as selecting an information defense policeman).
  • Specific factors must be considered when evaluating and alloting responsibilities between the joint controller (e.g. which event remains in the best setting to adhere to the pertinent responsibilities). From an accountability perspective, the EDPB suggests that the internal evaluation accomplished by the events in making this analysis is recorded.
  • The GDPR needs the “significance” of the setup to be offered to information topics (consisting of at the very least the openness info set out in Short article 13/14 GDPR and also which joint controller is in charge of conformity with these elements) but is not authoritative regarding the manner in which this should be carried out. The Guidelines note that it is up to joint controllers to decide the most efficient method of doing this yet recommend this might be done via the joint controllers’ personal privacy notice or upon request to the data defense policeman or other designated contact point. Nevertheless, the EDPB stresses that it should be absolutely clear to information subjects just how they can exercise their legal rights.
  • Regardless of the terms of the plan, (i) information topics might exercise their legal rights versus each of the joint controllers and also (ii) managerial authorities are not bound by the terms of the plan and can get in touch with any of the joint controllers to exercise their powers.

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