European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

eGovernment

eGovernment

The use of information and communication technologies to improve the activities of national or EU public sector organisations helps efficiency and good governance. Nevertheless, the use of these technologies may raise data protection concerns, for instance if an administration has a policy of open data that could compromise the privacy of some individuals or internal government data sharing among government organisations.

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03/04/2014
3
Apr
2014

European network of Employment Services

Opinion on the Commission Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a European network of Employment Services, workers' access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets.

22/11/2013
22
Nov
2013

Guidelines for reuse of public sector information (PSI)

EDPS Comments in response to the public consultation on the planned guidelines on recommended standard licences, datasets and charging for the reuse of public sector information initiated by the European Commission

27/09/2012
27
Sep
2012

Electronic Trust Services

Opinion on the Commission proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on trust and confidence in electronic transactions in the internal market (Electronic Trust Services Regulation)

18/04/2012
18
Apr
2012

Open-Data Package

Opinion on the 'Open-Data Package' of the European Commission including a Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 2003/98/EC on re-use of public sector information (PSI)

More information on  re-use of public service information

27/10/2006
27
Oct
2006

Common Consular Instructions

Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation amending the Common Consular Instructions on visas for diplomatic missions and consular posts in relation to the introduction of biometrics including provisions on the organisation of the reception and processing of visa applications (COM (2006)269 final), JO C 321, 29.12.2006, p. 38

The proposal amends the Common consular instructions in view of the implementation of the Visa Information System (VIS). The main points of the opinion concern biometric identifiers and cooperation between consular posts in the visa procedure.
Regarding biometric identifiers, the EDPS underlines that it is a political decision rather than a purely technical one to determine from which age fingerprints shall be collected. This should not be based entirely on arguments of feasibility. Especially the mandatory fingerprinting of all children aged 6+ raises also ethical questions. The EDPS moreover recalls that all biometric identification systems are inherently imperfect and that the system therefore must provide for adequate fallback solutions.

Regarding the cooperation between consular posts and embassies of the Member States, the EDPS emphasises the need to guarantee data security, which can prove difficult in some third countries. When the processing of visa applications (including collection of biometric identifiers) is outsourced to a private company, the EDPS stresses the need for it to be located in a place under diplomatic protection.