European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Data Protection Officer

Data Protection Officer

Each EU institution, body or agency (EU institutions) has appointed a data protection officer (DPO). It is the DPO's duty to ensure in an independent manner the internal application of the data protection rules applicable to the EU institution. This also involves other tasks such as ensuring that controllers and individuals (data subjects) are informed of their rights and obligations, and cooperating with the EDPS at his request or on their own initiative. A list of data protection officers can be found on the EDPS website.

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08/04/2014
8
Apr
2014
18/03/2014
18
Mar
2014

Management of personal files - INEA

Opinion on the notification for prior checking received from the Data Protection Officer of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) concerning the management of personal files (Cases 2013-1365)

10/03/2014
10
Mar
2014

Occasionally you do have to bang the table

Interview of Peter Hustinx in ‘Privacy & Compliance’, Tijdschift voor de Praktijk, 01/2014, pages 4-13.

04/02/2014
4
Feb
2014

Farewell Celebration and Inauguration

Greeting remarks of Peter Hustinx at the "German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information" Change of Office - Bonn.

20/12/2013
20
Dec
2013
09/12/2013
9
Dec
2013

General Data Protection Regulation

EDPS comments on the application of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to EU institutions and bodies

11/11/2013
11
Nov
2013

Factsheet 3 - Supervising EU institutions and bodies & enforcing data protection principles

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When EU institutions and bodies process personal data, they must comply with the principle of accountability and the obligations set out in the EU Data Protection Regulation 45/2001. EDPS Factsheet 3 provides information on how the EDPS works with the EU insitutions to ensure they achieve compliance.

09/05/2013
9
May
2013

Information brochure 2009

In the context of the EDPS' second mandate (2009-2014), a new information brochure has been developed in the first half of 2009.

Aimed at the public at large, the brochure provides information on the competences and duties of the EDPS, the data subjects' rights, the role of Data Protection Officers and the procedure for lodging a complaint to the EDPS. It also contains tips and short explanations on key notions about the role of the EDPS and the protection of personal data in the EU administration.

You can obtain a paper version of this brochure on EU Bookshop.

The European Data Protection Supervisor and the protection of personal data in Community institutions and bodiesPDF icon
15/03/2013
15
Mar
2013

Data Protection Reform Package

Additional EDPS Comments of on the Data Protection Reform Package
 

Comments of 15 March 2013PDF icon
Letter of 15 March 2013 to Mr Juan Fernando López AguilarPDF icon
27/02/2013
27
Feb
2013
22/01/2013
22
Jan
2013

Strategy 2013-2014

This report sets out the Strategy for the Period 2013-2014 adopted by the EDPS. Although this is a two-year strategy, it aims to lay longer-term foundations. The purpose of this strategy is to enable us to fulfil our commitments towards citizens and the EU institutions and bodies in a challenging and continuously evolving environment. With this report we also inform our stakeholders on how we will carry out our activities.

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From the left: Peter Hustinx, EDPS, Viviane Reding, European Commission Vice-President, Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant EDPS. 22 January 2013. © EC
From the left: Peter Hustinx, EDPS, Viviane Reding, European Commission Vice-President, Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant EDPS. 22 January 2013. © EC
Strategy 2013-2014 - Towards excellence in data protectionPDF icon
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18/12/2012
18
Dec
2012

EDPS: Status of DPOs is key to safeguarding data protection rights

Yesterday, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published his Report on the Status of Data Protection Officers (DPOs) as part of his ongoing task to monitor the compliance of EU institutions and bodies with Article 24 of the European Data Protection Regulation, which obliges the appointment of DPOs.

12/12/2012
12
Dec
2012
23/11/2012
23
Nov
2012

EDPS: greater accountability of EU institutions and bodies and involvement of DPOs for better data protection

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted a Policy on Consultations in the field of Supervision & Enforcement which provides guidance to EU institutions and bodies and Data Protection Officers (DPOs) on consulting the EDPS when drawing up measures or internal rules which involve the processing of personal information - also known as personal data - in compliance with the Data Protection Regulation (EC) No. 45/2001.

06/07/2012
6
Jul
2012
20/06/2012
20
Jun
2012

EDPS Annual Report 2011: a consistent and effective approach to privacy and data protection is needed

Today Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant Supervisor, presented their Annual Report of activities for 2011 to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament. This Report covers the seventh full year of activity of the EDPS as an independent supervisory body.

31/01/2012
31
Jan
2012

Factsheet 1 - Your personal information and the EU administration: What are your rights?

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Everyone is entitled to protect their personal information. Data protection is a fundamental right, protected by European law and enshrined in Article 8 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. EDPS Factsheet 1 provides you with information on your data protection rights and how to exercise them.

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08/06/2011
8
Jun
2011
Other Documents

The DPO at work

Tips and best practices for a professional Data Protection Officer

18/01/2011
18
Jan
2011

Data Protection Reform Strategy: EDPS sets out his vision for the new framework

On 14 January 2011, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued an opinion on the Commission's Communication on the review of the EU legal framework for data protection (*). The Communication is an essential landmark on the way towards a new legal framework that will represent the most important development in the area of EU data protection since the adoption of the EU Data Protection Directive 16 years ago.

03/12/2010
3
Dec
2010

2009 Annual Report - A year of major importance for the fundamental right to data protection

The report shows that 2009 was of major importance for the fundamental right to data protection.

This is due to a number of key developments: the entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty, ensuring a strong legal basis for comprehensive data protection in all areas of EU policy; the start of a public consultation on the future of the EU legal framework for data protection; and the adoption of a new five-year policy programme for the area of freedom, security and justice ("Stockholm Programme") with the emphasis on the importance of data protection in this area.

The EDPS has been highly involved in these fields and is determined to pursue this course in the near future. 

You can obtain a paper version of this Annual Report on EU Bookshop

Full text of the Annual Report:PDF icon

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