European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor



The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is the European Union’s (EU) independent data protection authority.

Our general mission is to:

  • monitor and ensure the protection of personal data and privacy when EU institutions and bodies process the personal information of individuals;
  • advise EU institutions and bodies on all matters relating to the processing of personal information. We are consulted by the EU legislator on proposals for legislation and new policy developments that may affect privacy;
  • monitor  new technology that may affect the protection of personal information;
  • intervene  before the Court of Justice of the EU to provide expert advice on interpreting data protection law;
  • cooperate  with national supervisory authorities and other supervisory bodies to improve consistency in protecting personal information.

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:

  • developing and communicating an overall vision, thinking in global terms and proposing concrete recommendations and practical solutions;
  • providing policy guidance so as to meet new and unforeseen challenges in the area of data protection;
  • operating at the highest levels and developing and maintaining effective relationships with a diverse community of stakeholders in other EU institutions, Member States, non EU countries and other national or international organisations.

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.