Wojciech Wiewiórowski, European Data Protection Supervisor, was appointed by a joint decision of the European Parliament and the Council. Assigned for a five year term, he took office on 6 December 2019.
The transparent selection procedure which led to his appointment involved the three major EU institutions as follows:
Read the code of conduct we have adopted for the European Data Protection Supervisor.
Giovanni Buttarelli served as EDPS from December 2014 to 2019, contributing with his vision to forging global partnerships and making the supervisory authority a center of excellence for data protection. He passed away in Italy on 20 August 2019, shortly before the end of his mandate.
Prior to his appointment as EDPS, Mr Buttarelli served as Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor from January 2009 to December 2014. Before joining the EDPS, he was Secretary General at the Italian Data Protection Authority from 1997-2009. As a Cassation judge in the Italian judiciary, he has long been involved in many initiatives and committees on data protection and related issues at international level.
Prior to his appointment as EDPS, Mr Hustinx worked as the President of the Dutch Data Protection Authority as from 1991. Between 1996 and 2000, he was Chairman of the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party.
His long standing experience in the field also extends to the broader European level; covering work as an expert in the Committee which prepared the Council of Europe Convention on data protection (No. 108). He also has data protection experience from the law enforcement field, having been Chairman of the Appeals Committee of the Joint Supervisory Body of Europol, and Chairman of the Commission for the Control of Interpol's Files.
Mr Bayo Delgado was Assistant EDPS from 2004 to 2009, contributing to the building up of the new institution and putting into practice the EDPS supervisory tasks.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant EDPS, he served as a judge in Spain from 1989. He was elected Chief Judge of the Barcelona bench of judges, and was then responsible for judicial data bases in the city. Mr Bayo Delgado also worked as a member of the IT Committee of the Spanish Council of the Judiciary. He was active as an expert to the Council of Europe in programs relating to the judiciary for Central and Eastern European countries since 1989.