Data for the public good: Building a healthier digital future

On Monday 25 January from 14:30-16:50, the EDPS will host an online side event in the margins of the 2021 CPDP conference:  Data for the public good: building a healthier digital future.
Our aim is to assess, in broad terms, the impact of measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and identify ways in which data can be used to be better prepared for the next one.
The online event will comprise two sessions and engage experts from the public health community in the EU and other international organisations to consider:

1) Which of the current emergency measures will remain and become our “new normal”?
What are the criteria that define the need for a temporary emergency measure? How do we determine when it is no longer necessary? What measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have and haven’t worked? Can an assessment already be done? How did data enhance the effectiveness of the measures? Were the measures necessary and proportionate? 

Our distinguished speakers for this session are Professor Pieter Van Cleynenbreugel, EU substantive law, Liege Competition and Innovation Institute; Dr Andrea Ammon, Director, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control; Mr Vincent Cassard, Deputy Head of the Data Protection Office, International Committee of the Red Cross; and Ms Iverna McGowan, Director, Europe Centre for Democracy and Technology.


2) How can we ensure a safer and healthier digital future?
How can data be used to be better prepared for the next pandemic? How should data be used to further contain and increase societal resilience in case of future outbreaks? What types of technologies and sensors are likely to become more prevalent and what impact would this have on data protection?  When is data use in the public interest? How can we mitigate the potential adverse effects for fundamental rights in the long term?  How can we promote digital solidarity so that data and technology works for all people in Europe, especially the most vulnerable?

Tackling these questions are our esteemed speakers Mr Peter Arlett, Head of Data Analytics and Methods Task Force and Ms Sabine Brosch, Data Protection Coordinator, Clinical Studies and Manufacturing Task Force, European Medicines Agency; Ms Ioana Maria Gligor, Head of Unit European Reference Networks and digital health and Ms Isabelle Chatelier, Policy Officer, Data and digital health, DG SANTE, European Commission; and Professor Olaf Klungel, Pharmacoepidemiologic Methods and head of the division of Pharmacoepidemiology & Clinical Pharmacology, Utrecht University.


Join us in this pertinent discussion on how data protection can enhance the efforts of genuine scientific research and better understand the needs for epidemiological surveillance.
Registration closed.


  1. Presentation by the European Commission on the European Health Data Space
  2. Presentation by the European Medicine Agency: Healthcare data in medicines regulation
  3. Presentation by prof. Olaf Klungel, University of Utrecht: Routine Health Care Data as a resource for Post-Approval Safety and Effectiveness Assessment of Medicines

Online Workshop: Data Protection within International Organisations 2020

The EDPS will host an online edition of the Data Protection Workshop within International Organisations, on the afternoons of 8 & 9 October 2020. 
This workshop, initiated by the EDPS in 2005, aims to bring together international organisations to:

  • Share experience and best practice in the field of data protection and analyse its impact as part of good governance within international organisations;
  • Summarise the most recent regulatory developments at international level in the area of privacy and data protection and analyse the potential implications of such developments for international organisations;
  • Analyse the state of play of data protection within international organisations;
  • Discuss the progress made since the last workshop.

In light of the continuing public health crisis around the world, the theme of this year’s workshop is Data protection in international organisations in times of crisis. Topics to be discussed include the impact of the pandemic for the protection of personal health data in a humanitarian context, remote working, contact tracing apps, level of preparedness and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and new developments and best practices to facilitate transfers to international organisations.

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Data Protection in the age of Covid-19. Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow

The Trainees of the European Data Protection Supervisor and European Data Protection Board invite you to the first virtual Trainees’ Conference, to be held on:

Tuesday 7 July 2020, from 15:00 to 16:30 (CEST)

Data protection in the age of Covid-19
 Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic constitutes one of the largest global public health crises in a century, and it poses daunting health and socioeconomic challenges throughout the world.

The aim of the webinar is to address how our right to data protection is affected during the crisis, examine the repercussions of the measures taken to fight the virus so far, and explore their long-term impact on our fundamental rights.


Opening Remarks
15.05 - 15.15    Wojciech Wiewiórowski    EDPS

Speaker 1
15.15 - 15.30    Christopher Kuner     Brussels Privacy Hub

Speaker 2
15.30 - 15.45    María Paz Canales    Derechos Digitales

Speaker 3
15.45 - 16.00    Gary Davis     Apple

16.00 - 16.20    Anna Colaps    EDPS

Closing Remarks
16.20 - 16.30    Isabelle Vereecken    EDPB

The webinar is addressed to trainees of the EU institutions and it is free of charge.
Additional audience may be granted access according to the availability of the platform.

Register here

Please consult this page for more technical details about the event.

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The Hague Forum - Virtual Meeting

The Hague Forum for Cloud Contracting

The Hague Forum for Cloud Contracting was established by the participants of the first EU software and cloud suppliers' customer council (EU institutions and bodies, public authorities of Member States and international organisations) in The Hague on 29 August 2019. The aim of the forum is to discuss both how to take back control over IT services and products offered by big IT service providers and how contractual practice can be modified to meet this need. This meeting is a further step towards a joint European procurement approach to software and cloud suppliers operating in the EU. Topics that we would like to discuss include the following elements of cloud services: privacy, security, contractual standardisation and strategic procurement.

Second meeting of The Hague Forum

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) in co-operation with the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security (Strategic Vendor Management Microsoft) and the European Commission organises a virtual meeting of the Hague Forum on 2 July 2020 between 09h30-13h00.

The event, initially planned for 18 March, had to be postponed because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Programme and participants

The agenda will include high-level presentations from the European Data Protection Supervisor, the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security and the European Commission represented by DG CONNECT and DG DIGIT.

The event will be opened by Mr. Wojciech Wiewiórowski, the European Data Protection Supervisor. At this occasion, the EDPS will present its Findings and Recommendations on the use of Microsoft products and services by Union institutions, bodies, offices. Mr Campolargo, acting Director General of DG DIGIT of the European Commission will present how to ensure compliance in practice with the recommendations of the EDPS and applicable data protection legislation. Mr Paul van den Berg, the Strategic Vendor Manager Microsoft for the Dutch Government will analyse the compliance of the new Microsoft Online Service Terms 2020 with the GDPR. DG CONNECT will be represented by Mr Pearse O’Donohue, Director for ‘Future Networks’ and by Mr Pierre Chastanet, Head of Unit ‘Cloud & Software’ who will present the European Cloud Federation initiative.

The event is by invitation only and open to strategic supplier management in EU Member States, to EU institutions, bodies, agencies, international organisations, NGO’s and other public sector organisations. We will not invite any representatives from the industry or other private sectors.

Participants already registered for the event planned in March can confirm their interest by sending an e-mail to

Should you wish to register now, please fill out the form on the website of Strategic Vendor Management Microsoft for the Dutch Government.

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Europe Day 2020

Saturday 9 May 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe's nations unthinkable.

Schuman's proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union and so 9 May is also known as Europe Day. Every year, the EU institutions typically open their doors to the public for the occasion and celebrate peace and unity across the continent.

This year however, with the spread of Covid-19, the world faces a public health crisis. Therefore, the European Data Protection Supervisor, like all the European Institutions, will not be able to personally showcase the work we do or interact with the public on our stand at EU Open Day as in past years.

Instead, to commemorate Europe Day and to highlight the importance of the right to data protection even in times of crisis, we bring you a fun quiz.

Test your knowledge with the EDPS Privacy Quiz 2020!