The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is the European Union’s (EU) independent data protection authority.
Our general mission is to:
Read more about Privacy and Data Protection, two fundamental rights in the EU.
The EDPS is an increasingly influential independent supervisory authority, headed by a Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor and supported by an office (secretariat) of experienced lawyers, IT specialists and administrators.
We aim to serve as an impartial centre of excellence for enforcing and reinforcing EU data protection and privacy standards, both in practice and in law.
Together with the basic requirement of independence, the EDPS’ remit includes:
Regulation (EC) 45/2001 lays down the rules for data protection in the EU institutions. It also lays down the duties and powers of the Supervisor and the Assistant Supervisor (Chapter V) as well as the institutional independence of our supervisory authority.
The European Commission adopted a proposal on 10 January 2017 which repeals Regulation (EC) 45/2001 and brings it into line with the General Data Protection Regulation. The proposal is currently under discussion in the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.
You can also read the Decision of the EDPS of 17 December 2012 on the adoption of Rules of Procedure.