March 01, 2019
While acknowledging that all but one EU member state lack the resources to enforce the GDPR, the EU said in a report that the expansive regulation “works quite well in practice.”
EU Parliament Member Sophia in ‘t Veld had harsher words. “On paper the GDPR is the best data protection law in the world,” she wrote in a statement, “but Member States still seem to be neglectful when it comes to implementation… This threatens the state of data protection in the EU as a whole.”
The European Data Protection Board's report shows that most national authorities are understaffed, with Slovenia being the only national authority (of those who gave statistics) which reported that its 2019 level of staffing matched the numbers needed.
Members of the European Parliament on the EU’s Justice and Civil Liberties Committee have expressed concern about the state of implementation and the consistent application of the rules across Member States.