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EDPS response to the COVID-19 outbreak

'The outbreak of Covid-19 is affecting our lives at an unprecedented pace. It is testing the resilience of our societies as we respond to this global crisis and try to contain its consequences, both in the short and in the long run'.

Wojciech Wiewiórowski, European Data Protection Supervisor

 

 

Covid-19 outbreak is also testing fundamental rights to data protection and privacy. EU Member States, EU institutions and Big Tech companies are trying to explore solutions to tackle the uncontrolled spread of the virus.

In the past weeks, contact tracing apps and data localisation have become a constant topic in the political agenda of the Union. Such technologies may have strong consequences on EU citizens’ lives and lead to growing inequalities.

The EDPS is cooperating with the EU institutions and the European Data Protection Board to ensure fundamental rights to be respected.

As a result, we established a Covid-19 task force to follow developments and to prepare for the future of data protection and privacy after Covid-19 crisis.

 

EDPS activities and action plan

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the EDPS has decided to activate its Business Continuity Plan. All EDPS staff have been teleworking as of 13 March 2020.

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External sources

 

Blogpost: Data for the public good: Building a healthier digital future

EDPS Formal Comments on the proposed European Health Union package

Blogpost: Carrying the torch in times of darkness

Blogpost: The moment you realise the world has changed: re-thinking the EDPS Strategy

 

 

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Apr
2022

Annual Report 2021

The EDPS Annual Report 2021 provides an overview of the EDPS’ supervisory activities that contribute to shaping Europe’s digital future. In particular, the Annual Report 2021 includes the EDPS’ work on international transfers of personal data; on COVID-19; on the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice; as well as the EDPS' legislative consultations and technology monitoring activities, to name a few examples.

The Executive Summary of the EDPS Annual Report 2021 will be made available in all official languages of the EU in due course.

Full text of Annual Report (PDF)
Available languages: English
Factsheet
Available languages: English
21
Mar
2022

Processing of certain data concerning health due to Covid-19

EDPS Opinion on the processing of certain data concerning health due to Covid-19 at the European Investment Bank

Available languages: German, English, French
14
Mar
2022

EDPB-EDPS Joint Opinion on the extension of EU Digital COVID Certificate

EDPB-EDPS Joint Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2021/953 on a framework for the issuance, verification and acceptance of interoperable COVID-19 vaccination, test and recovery certificates (EU Digital COVID Certificate) to facilitate free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic

Available languages: English
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1
Mar
2022

Verification of the EU Digital COVID Certificate to access the European Parliament premises

EDPS Opinion on the European Parliament Bureau decision relating to security measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, as regards the digital verification of the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate of any person entering the Parliament's buildings

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