European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Coordination of social security systems

Coordination of social security systems

Tuesday, 6 March, 2007
6
Mar
2007

Coordination of social security systems

Opinion on the proposal for a Regulation laying down the procedure for implementing Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 on the coordination of social security systems (COM(2006) 16 final), OJ C 91, 26.04.2007, p. 15

The proposal covers a vast range of areas in social security (pensions, benefits in respect of maternity, invalidity, unemployment, etc). It aims at modernising and simplifying the existing rules by strengthening cooperation and improving methods of data exchange between social security institutions of the different Member States.

 

The EDPS welcomed the proposal to the extent that it aims at favouring the free movement of citizens and improving the standard of living and conditions of employment of those moving within the Union. With a view to ensuring a high level of data protection, the EDPS recommends: paying utmost attention to basic data protection principles such as purpose limitation as well as proportionality in data processed, bodies authorised to process data and retention periods; ensuring that each proposed mechanism of processing and transmission of personal data is clearly based on specific legal grounds; providing the concerned persons with relevant information on the processing of their personal data.

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