European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Ethics

Ethics

Technological advancement, most centrally big data processing and the interconnectedness of digital devices, allow for the collection and usage of personal data in increasingly complex and opaque ways, thus posing significant threats to privacy and data protection.

Against this background, the EDPS has been calling for a broad understanding of privacy and data protection as core values central to protecting human dignity, autonomy and the democratic functioning of our societies.

How is digitalisation changing people and society? Are digital platforms affecting the way we think, develop our opinions and interact with others? What role do governments play in shaping digital governance? What are the incentives and criteria of tech companies in developing new digital technologies? Who benefits from them and who does not?

Our ethics initiative is a multifaceted five-year programme, consisting of a series of projects that aim at exploring new ethical questions arising in this context.

The initiative is devised as a call upon the European and global community to reflect on rights and values in data-driven life and aims to encourage a proactive and forward-looking engagement with the issue. This includes stimulating a public debate on how digital ethics can serve to strengthen core data protection principles beyond legal compliance.

Through horizontal mainstreaming of ethics, the EDPS also integrates ethical insights into its day-to-day work as an independent regulator and policy advisor.

“Ethics comes before, during and after the law”

Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor


Podcasts

#DebatingEthics Conversation 1: The relationship between ethics and the law

#DebatingEthics Conversation 2: Digitalisation and the future of work

#DebatingEthics Conversation 3: The environmental impact of digitalisation

To follow all episodes, you can also download the podcast feed.


08/02/2019
8
Feb
2019

EDPS #DebatingEthics: onto the next round

We closed the public session of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in October 2018 with a promise to continue the discussion on digital ethics. With the launch of our new #DebatingEthics Conversations, a series of six interactive webinars that will then also be released as podcasts, we aim to provide an open platform for this urgent debate.

Each webinar will revolve around a specific theme and bring together different perspectives. Our provisional programme is as follows:

February 2019: #DebatingEthics 1 - Digital ethics and the law
April 2019: #DebatingEthics 2 - Digitalisation and the future of work
July 2019: #DebatingEthics 3 - The environmental impact of new technologies

Each webinar will be open for anyone to listen in and comment or ask questions at the end of the discussion. How can moral reasoning help us shape responsible technological development? Follow our updates here and on Twitter and join us in #DebatingEthics.

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01/02/2019
1
Feb
2019

CPDP 2019

Closing remarks by Giovanni Buttarelli at CPDP 2019 in Brussels, Belgium

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28/01/2019
28
Jan
2019

Conference Report - 40th ICDPPC

The official report of the 40th edition of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners: Debating Ethics – Dignity and Respect in Data Driven Life

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15/01/2019
15
Jan
2019

Our World: 100 Thought Leaders Shape our Common Future - Giovanni Buttarelli

On 15th January 2019, EDPS Giovanni Buttarelli published an article in Our World's Leadership Vision section, alongside 99 other leading minds.

Read Mr. Buttarelli's piece, Humanity's Finest Work of Art, exploring human dignity in the digital era, here.

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25/09/2018
25
Sep
2018

Public Consultation on Digital Ethics - Summary of outomes

On 15 June 2018, the EDPS launched a public consultation on digital ethics. The consultation took place as part of the EDPS Ethics Initiative and was open until 15 July 2018. A summary of the outcomes has now been published.

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25/01/2018
25
Jan
2018

Ethics Advisory Group Report 2018

As part of the EDPS 2015-2019 strategy, the Ethics Advisory Group is set up with the mandate to explore the relationships between human rights, technology, markets and business models in the 21st century.

The EAG has now published its Report 2018.

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12/07/2017
12
Jul
2017

Data Driven Life Workshop

 

Speakers' intervention:

Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor

Peter Burgess, Chair of the Ethics Advisory Group

Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information and Director of Research of the Digital Ethics Lab, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Anne Cambon Thomsen, Emeritus Research Director CNRS, Joint Unit of Epidemiology and Public Health, Inserm and University of Toulouse

Effy Vayena, Professor of Health Policy and Ethics, University of Zurich

Romain Bircher, Deputy Director of Communication and Information Management, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva

Andrej Zwitter, Head of Political Science Department, University of Groningen

Elena Alfaro Martinez, Head of Data & Open innovation, BBVA

Cécile Wendling, Head of Foresight, AXA Group

Aurélie Pols, Data Governance and Privacy Engineer at Mind Your Privacy

Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Co-founder PersonalData.IO

Young Mie Kim, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Antoinette Rouvroy, Research Associate at the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), University of Namur

Dirk Helbing, Professor of Computational Social Science

Dino Pedreschi, Professor of Computer Science, University of Pisa - and SoBigData.eu

Jeroen Van Den Hoven, Professor of Ethics and Technology, Delft University of Technology

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31/05/2016
31
May
2016

EDPS-EAG Workshop on Ethics

Videos of the workshop are available here:

Part 1 & Part 2.

Report of the workshopPDF icon
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19/04/2016
19
Apr
2016

"Ethics at the root of privacy and as the future of data protection"

Address given by Giovanni Buttarelli at the event hosted by Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and the MIT Internet Policy Initiative and the MIT Media Lab

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28/01/2016
28
Jan
2016

EDPS starts work on a New Digital Ethics

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) announced that the work on a new Digital Ethics is ready to begin. The EDPS has launched a broader discussion, both in the EU and globally, on how to ensure the integrity of our values while embracing the benefits of new technologies.

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03/12/2015
3
Dec
2015

Ethics Advisory Group

European Data Protection Supervisor decision establishing an external advisory group on the ethical dimensions of data protection (‘the Ethics Advisory Group’) OJ C 33, 28.1.2016

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