Article 29 Working Party Elects New Chair

By Matt Klinger

In late February, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin was elected to serve as the new chairwoman of the European Union's Article 29 Working Party, a group that plays an advisory role on data protection issues to both the European Commission and to the E.U. member states.  

Falque-Pierrotin will face two major challenges in her new role: transitioning the E.U. to a new data protection regulation that likely will be implemented in the coming months and promoting international cooperation between data protection authorities. 

In addition to serving a two year term as head of the Working Party, Falque-Pierrotin will continue to serve as the Chairwoman of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL), a post she has held since 2011.  

Earlier this year the CNIL handed down its highest financial penalty ever when it sanctioned Google 150,000 euros for violating several provisions of the French Data Protection Act.