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European Data Protection Supervisor

Borders, Asylum, Migration

Borders, Asylum, Migration

People want to enter the EU for a variety of reasons and through different channels: reuniting with family, work, business or education but also to escape from political oppression or war.  EU State authorities need to cooperate on border management to keep our borders secure.  They also have a shared responsibility for treating asylum seekers equally throughout the EU. A number of information sharing mechanisms - which include the collection and the exchange of information on non EU citizens - are central to their cooperation on migration and asylum.

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20/03/2018
20
Mar
2018

Data Protection and Privacy in 2018: Going beyond the GDPR

2018 will be a landmark year for data protection. As co-host of the 2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) and a key player in the reform and implementation of the new EU data protection framework, the EDPS will remain at the forefront of the global dialogue on data protection and privacy in the digital age, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today, as he presented his 2017 Annual Report to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).

09/11/2017
9
Nov
2017

Lowering the minimum age for fingerprinting visa applicants

EDPS formal comments in response to the Commission public consultation on lowering the fingerprinting age for children in the visa procedure from 12 to 6 years old

12/05/2017
12
May
2017

Newsletter Nr. 51

The May 2017 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers recently adopted Opinions on data protection and the EU institutions, digital content and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), as well as many other EDPS activities.

11/05/2017
11
May
2017

Workshop: Data Protection within International Organizations

The EDPS and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are co-organising the 6th edition of the Data Protection Workshop within International Organizations, which will take place on 11–12 May at the IOM in Geneva.

This workshop, initiated by the EDPS over ten years ago, aims at bringing 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.

Topics which will be covered at this year's workshop include cloud computing, processing of health data, the role of the Data Protection Officer, and data transfers to International Organisations under the GDPR.

Video of the event can be found here.

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04/05/2017
4
May
2017

2016 Annual Report - The state of privacy 2017: EDPS provides mid-mandate report

The new EU data protection framework consists of much more than just the GDPR. New rules for the EU institutions and ePrivacy are yet to be finalised, and remain a key focal point for EDPS work. As well as providing advice to the legislator on these new rules, the EDPS has started working with the EU institutions and bodies to prepare them for the changes to come. A particular focus of his efforts in 2016 was on promoting accountability, a central pillar of the GDPR which it is safe to assume will also be integrated into the new rules for EU institutions and bodies.

In 2016, the EDPS also made a considerable effort to help move the global debate on data protection and privacy forward and mainstream data protection into international policies. He advised the EU legislator on the Umbrella agreement and the Privacy Shield and engaged with data protection and privacy commissioners from every continent. He also continued to pursue new initiatives, such as the Ethics Advisory Group, through which he intends to stimulate global debate on the ethical dimension of data protection in the digital era.

The EDPS aims to make data protection as simple and effective as possible for all involved. This requires ensuring that EU policy both reflects the realities of data protection in the digital era and encourages compliance through accountability.

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04/05/2017
4
May
2017

The state of privacy 2017: EDPS provides mid-mandate report

As we approach the mid-point of the current EDPS mandate and continue the countdown to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the EU must build on current momentum to reinforce its position as the leading force in the global dialogue on data protection and privacy in the digital age, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), as he presented his 2016 Annual Report.

02/05/2017
2
May
2017

Schengen Information System - New legal basis

EDPS Opinion on the new legal basis of the Schengen Information System

07/03/2017
7
Mar
2017

European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS)

EDPS Opinion on the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS)

07/03/2017
7
Mar
2017

EDPS calls for consistent improvements in the approach to EU border policy

In recent years, the Commission has proposed several initiatives aimed at ensuring EU borders remain safe and secure. Though we support these efforts, it is vital to ensure that the proposals fully respect the fundamental rights of those concerned, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today, as he issued his Opinion on the proposed European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).

15/02/2017
15
Feb
2017
12/12/2016
12
Dec
2016

Passenger ship safety regulatory framework

EDPS formal comments on the revision of passenger ship safety regulatory framework with regard to the registration of passengers and crew on board

27/10/2016
27
Oct
2016

Newsletter Nr. 49

The October 2016 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers recently adopted Opinions on Big Data and the EU border package, the EDPS Guidelines on Whistleblowing and many other EDPS activities.

22/09/2016
22
Sep
2016

Migration, security and fundamental rights: A critical challenge for the EU

As the EU searches for the best approach to secure its borders, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said that citizens must be assured that the proposals put forward are effective, but that they also respect data protection laws.

21/09/2016
21
Sep
2016

Common European Asylum System

EDPS Opinion on the First reform package on the Common European Asylum System (Eurodac, EASO and Dublin regulations)

21/09/2016
21
Sep
2016

EU Smart Borders Package

EDPS Opinion on the Second EU Smart Borders Package, Recommendations on the revised Proposal to establish an Entry/Exit System

01/07/2016
1
Jul
2016

Newsletter Nr. 48

The July 2016 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers the EDPS Opinion on Privacy Shield, the 2015 Annual Report, the EDPS Accountability Initiative and many other EDPS activities.

18/03/2016
18
Mar
2016

Securing Europe’s Rights and Borders

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) says he supports the EU’s efforts to manage migration and reinforce internal security and offers his advice on the data protection implications of the EU’s recent proposal regarding the management of its external borders. In his Opinion on the proposed European Border and Coast Guard Regulation, he outlines his recommendations to make the proposal clearer and more workable.

18/03/2016
18
Mar
2016

European Border and Coast Guard Regulation

EDPS' recommendations on the proposed European Border and Coast Guard Regulation

19/11/2015
19
Nov
2015

A Data Protection perspective on the Smart Borders Package

A Data Protection perspective on the Smart Borders Package - focusing on the possibility of law enforcement authorities’ access to border data, speech given by Giovanni Buttarelli at European Council, the Working Party on FRONTIERS, Brussels, Belgium

03/11/2015
3
Nov
2015

Smart Borders

EDPS formal comments on the European Commission Public Consultation on smart borders

EDPS letter regarding comments on the European Commission Public Consultation on smart bordersPDF icon

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