European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Digital Single Market

Digital Single Market

The Digital Single Market is a strategy aiming to make Europe a leader in the global digital economy. It is an opportunity to achieve a level of harmonisation of rules in the digital ecosystem and for fresh thinking on subjects which will be key to competitiveness and growth in our future, such as cloud computing, big data or the internet of things.

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26/07/2018
26
Jul
2018

Digital tools and processed in company law

EDPS Opinion on the proposal amending Directive 2017/1132 as regards the use of digital tools and processes in company law.

15/10/2017
15
Oct
2017

AIPPI World Congress, Sydney

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli to AIPPI (International Association for Protection of Intellectual Property) via videomessage, Sydney, Australia

01/08/2017
1
Aug
2017

Digital single gateway and the 'once-only' principle

EDPS Opinion on the proposal for a Regulation establishing a single digital gateway and the ‘once-only’ principle

01/08/2017
1
Aug
2017

A digital Europe needs data protection

The successful implementation of an EU-wide once-only principle to enable the lawful exchange of data across EU borders depends on ensuring that the relevant data protection principles are respected, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today, as he published his Opinion on the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation establishing a single digital gateway and the once-only principle.

15/03/2017
15
Mar
2017

EDPS sees opportunities for stronger consumer and data protection

Individuals are entitled to enjoy the same rights online as they do offline, under EU law. This includes when consuming goods and services, whether they are supplied in exchange for money or not.

14/03/2017
14
Mar
2017

Contracts for the supply of digital content

EDPS Opinion on the Proposal for a Directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content, 14 March 2017

15/02/2017
15
Feb
2017
23/09/2016
23
Sep
2016

Big Data

EDPS Opinion on coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of Big Data

07/01/2016
7
Jan
2016

Priorities for 2016: The EDPS as an advisor to the EU Institutions

As 2015 drew to a close, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published his Priorities for the policy and consultation activities of the organisation for 2016.

15/12/2015
15
Dec
2015

Online platforms

EDPS response to the Commission public consultation on the regulatory environment for platforms, online intermediaries, data and cloud computing and the collaborative economy, 15 December 2015

15/12/2015
15
Dec
2015

EDPS issues an alert on intrusive surveillance

Today, as the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published his Opinion on Intrusive surveillance technology, he said he was issuing an alert about the risks posed by the unregulated growing market for the selling, distribution and (dual) use of spyware.

24/09/2015
24
Sep
2015

Competition Rebooted: Enforcement and personal data in digital markets

Keynote speech of Giovanni Buttarelli given at Joint ERA-EDPS seminar

02/05/2014
2
May
2014

EDPS comments on the General Report on the activities of the European Union

EDPS comments in response to the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso on the General Report on the activities of the European Union

01/04/2014
1
Apr
2014

2013 Annual report - A single set of rules for all: EU Data Protection Reform can support businesses and protect citizens

In 2013, in the context of his consultation work advising on new legislative measures, the review of the EU legal framework for data protection continued to be at the top of the EDPS agenda and will remain a priority in 2014. The Digital Agenda and the privacy risks of new technologies were also significant features of 2013.

The implementation of the Stockholm programme in the area of freedom, security and justice and issues in the internal market, such as financial sector reform, and in public health and consumer affairs, also had an impact on data protection. The EDPS also increased his cooperation with other supervisory authorities, particularly with regard to large-scale IT systems.

In the supervision of EU institutions and bodies, when processing personal data, the EDPS interacted with more data protection officers in more institutions and bodies in 2013 than ever before. In addition, a number of EDPS surveys revealed that most EU institutions and bodies, including many agencies, have made good progress in complying with the data protection Regulation, although there are still some which should increase their efforts.

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16/01/2014
16
Jan
2014

Urgent reform of EU data protection framework is essential for a connected continent

The German government has been urged to take the lead in pushing forward the reform of the EU rules on data protection by Peter Hustinx, in the last speech of his mandate as European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), in Bonn, Germany.

29/05/2013
29
May
2013

2012 Annual report - 'Smart, sustainable, inclusive Europe' : only with stronger and more effective data protection

In the course of 2012, we once again set new benchmarks in different areas of activity. In the supervision of EU institutions and bodies, when processing personal data, we interacted with more data protection officers in more institutions and bodies than ever before. In addition, we saw the effects of our new enforcement policy: most EU institutions and bodies, including many agencies, are making good progress in complying with the Data Protection Regulation, although there are still some which should increase their efforts.

In the consultation of new legislative measures, we issued a record number of opinions on a wide range of subjects. The Review of the EU legal framework for data protection was at the top of our agenda. However, the implementation of the Stockholm programme in the area of freedom, security and justice and the Digital Agenda, as well as issues in the internal market, such as financial sector reform and in public health and consumer affairs, also had an impact on data protection. We also increased our cooperation with other supervisory authorities.

You can get a paper version of this Annual Report from the EU Bookshop.

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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
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15/06/2011
15
Jun
2011

2010 Annual Report - An increased effort is required to ensure effective data protection in practice

"The Annual Report clearly shows that 2010 has been a very busy, dynamic, but also very productive year for everyone at the EDPS and for data protection in general. This is fully in line with the need to increase our efforts to ensure a more effective protection of privacy and personal data in a changing world which is increasingly global, Internet driven and dependent on the wide spread use of ICTs in all areas of life. This trend affects every single one of us, so it is crucially important for the EU as a whole and for the activities of the EU administration." Peter Hustinx, EDPS

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05/05/2011
5
May
2011

Consumer Protection Cooperation System ("CPCS")

Opinion on the Consumer Protection Cooperation System ("CPCS") and on Commission Recommendation 2011/136/EU on guidelines for the implementation of data protection rules in the CPCS, OJ C 217/06, 23.07.2011, p.18