Website Data Protection Notice

The EDPS website is our most important communication tool. Here, we communicate about our work, such as our Opinions, data protection news and information on individuals’ data protection rights, to the general public, as well as to our more expert audience.

Some of the services offered on certain pages of our website require the processing of your personal data. In such cases, links are available on the relevant pages, which direct you to specific information and data protection notices on how we process your personal data for these services.

This document provides you with a general overview of some of the ways the EDPS website processes your personal data, including the use of cookies, social media and automatic - content translation.

Your personal data and our website


Cookies are short text files stored on a user’s device (such as a computer, tablet or phone) by a website. These can be used for the technical functioning of a website, for gathering statistics on the use of the website or for other purposes, such as providing a user with a more personalised experience, for example, to enable an online service to remember your user profile without you having to login again.

Visit our cookies page for more information about the types of cookies this website uses.

Social Media - Your privacy

We use social media to present our work using widely - used communications platforms.

For instance, you can watch EDPS videos, which we also upload to our YouTube page and EU Video channel, and follow links from our website to Twitter, LinkedIn and EU Voice.

In order to protect your privacy, our social media buttons to connect to those services do not set cookies when our website pages are loaded on your device, nor are you immediately redirected to social media or other websites.

Each social media channel has its own policy on the way it processes your personal data when you access its website. For example, if you choose to watch one of our videos on YouTube, you will be asked for explicit consent to accept YouTube cookies; if you look at our Twitter activity on Twitter, you will be asked for explicit consent to accept Twitter cookies; the same applies for LinkedIn.

You can read the data protection notice on the EDPS use of YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn here.

The EDPS is also present on EU Voice and EU Video. These two platforms are part of decentralised, free and open-source social media networks that connect users in a privacy-oriented environment, based on Mastodon and PeerTube software.

The privacy policy is available on EU Voice and EU Video.

If you have any concerns or questions about the aforementioned communication providers’ use of your personal data, you should read their privacy policies carefully before using them.

Our social media moderation policy

The European Data Protection Supervisor is present on social media to communicate about its work and better engage with the public. We are present on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, EU Voice and EU Video and we encourage you to share our content and take part in our discussions. Please note the accounts we follow are not an indication of our endorsement.

The EDPS social media accounts are managed by the EDPS Information and Communication Sector and are monitored daily to the greatest possible extent, but not on a 24-hour basis.

We are happy to see different views and opinions on our social media accounts, however we ask you to observe a fundamental principle of good behaviour. Please show respect to fellow users and avoid inflammatory, insulting or offensive language. We reserve the right to not respond to, hide or delete all the comments that are defamatory, racist, spam, repetitive, irrelevant and/or commercial. Users that post violent, threatening or clearly illegal content will be blocked. We encourage you to post comments that stick to the subject and contribute to the ongoing debates.

Use of machine content translation – Webtools eTranslation Widget

eTranslation is an online machine translation service provided by the EC. eTranslation is intended for European public administrations, Small and Medium-sized enterprises and University language faculties, or for Connecting Europe Facility projects. eTranslation allows public administrations to get quick, raw machine translations of a text into any official EU language.

Webtools is a portfolio of high-end, corporate tools and interactive services tailored for sites provided by the EC.

Visitors of the EDPS website can request the online machine translation of some pages using the ‘Translate’ icon at the top right corner of the website. When requesting the translation, visitors are presented with both a disclaimer explaining the limitations of the automatic translation mechanism and a choice of the desired language. Once the visitor selects the language and accepts the disclaimer, two HTTP requests are sent from the browser of the visitor to the EC’s web services:

  • The first request triggers the translation of the page. 
  • The second request sends some technical details about the translation request to the Webtool services. This request includes the following details:
    • sid: an ID that Webtools generates to identify the request to the translation service. The sid includes the URL to be translated, the requested language and a data stamp.  
    • url: the URL of the page to be translated.
    • source_language: the default or indicated source language of the page
    • target_language: the target language.
    • requested at: the time at which the translation request was sent.
    • received at: the time at which the translation was received.
    • failed at: the time when the translation request failed (if applicable).
    • in cache: if translation is read from the browser storage or not.
    • Info: error messages (if applicable).
    • user: the name of the website making the request. The EDPS does not use this field.
    • reload: if the page was reloaded after translation was received.

The visitor’s IP address and source TCP port will be transmitted to the remote servers during the two HTTP requests.

After a certain delay, the translation is retrieved by the browser and the content is displayed to the visitor. The visitor can then switch between the original and translated version of the content.

This feature uses no cookies but can store a copy of the translated content in the browser storage, for its reuse in case of similar request in the future. This version is stored in cache as a unique identifier that is calculated based on the URL and the language of the translated content.