Letter concerning the proportionality of the information collected by the European Commission when awarding funding to projects carried out by national public bodies and/or private companies.
We conduct investigations on our own initiative or on the basis of a complaint. We have extensive powers to access personal data, information and documents which are necessary for our investigations and to access premises, in case an on-site investigation is needed.
An investigations can be of a general nature, such as our survey on compliance with data protection rules in the EU institutions, which we conduct every two years.
We also conduct more targeted investigations on specific subjects, for instance, video surveillance in the EU institutions.
In general, our reports on general and targeted investigations are public.
Some of our investigations are conducted to investigate complaints or issues that have been brought to our attention. In order to respect the confidentiality of complaints, we do not make the findings of such inquiries public, for example, verifying if an institution correctly provided a complainant with access to her personal data by physically checking their files.
Opinion on the role of the European Central Bank in the SWIFT case