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ePrivacy Directive

ePrivacy Directive

This 2002 ePrivacy Directive is an important legal instrument for privacy in the digital age, and more specifically the confidentiality of communications and the rules regarding tracking and monitoring. The entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation requires the EU legislator to update this text and the European Commission published a proposal on 10 January 2017. This new text will have to tackle the rapidly evolving technological landscape, with issues such as confidentiality of machine-to-machine communication (Internet of Things) or the confidentiality of individuals’ communication on publicly accessible networks (such as public Wi-Fi).

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05/10/2017
5
Oct
2017

Recommendations on specific aspects of the proposed ePrivacy Regulation

The proposed ePrivacy Regulation, once adopted, will update the “rules of the road” for privacy and electronic communications. It will modernise existing principles, clarify the technological requirements and provide for effective enforcement. The EDPS issued his advice on the ePrivacy review in a Preliminary Opinion (5/2016) and on the European Commission’s proposed Regulation in Opinion 06/2017. Given developments in deliberations on the proposal, and for the benefit of the co-legislator, we have decided to offer advice and clarifications on some specific issues, in line with our previous opinions.1 These recommendations focus on the need to ensure legal certainty and a high level of protection of the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection.

Tuesday, 20 June, 2017
20
Jun
2017

Newsletter (N°
52
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In the June 2017 edition of the EDPS Newsletter we introduce you to our new-look Newsletter and cover the EDPS Opinion on ePrivacy, our continuing work on data ethics and the launch of our 2016 Annual Report, as well as many other EDPS activities.
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.

04/05/2017
4
May
2017

The state of privacy 2017: mid-mandate report

The state of privacy 2017: mid-mandate report, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli for the presentation of the 2016 EDPS Annual Report to the LIBE Committee, European Parliament

24/04/2017
24
Apr
2017

ePrivacy Regulation

EDPS Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (ePrivacy Regulation), 24 April 2017

24/04/2017
24
Apr
2017

EDPS calls for strong and smart new rules to protect confidentiality of communications

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) represents one of the EU’s greatest achievements in recent years, but without a complementary and effective legal tool to protect the fundamental right to private life, of which the confidentiality of our communications is a vital component, the EU privacy and data protection framework remains incomplete, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today, as he published his Opinion on the ePrivacy Regulation.

29/03/2017
29
Mar
2017

All we need is L….Privacy by design and by default

Opening speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at RightsCon 2017,  All we need is L….Privacy by design and by default, Brussels, Belgium

17/01/2017
17
Jan
2017

"Public hearings" - EMA

Prior checking opinion on the use of the "Public hearings" tool at EMA in compliance with the Regulation (case 2016-0953)

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14/12/2016
14
Dec
2016

Roaming implementing regulation

Formal comments of the EDPS on the application of fair use policy and on the methodology for assessing the sustainability of the abolition of retail roaming surcharges and on the application to be submitted by a roaming provider for the purposes of that assessment (roaming implementing regulation)

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.

25/07/2016
25
Jul
2016

ePrivacy rules should be smarter, clearer, stronger

A new proposal on ePrivacy should guarantee confidentiality of communications, offer clarity and complement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) as he published his Opinion on the review of the ePrivacy Directive.

22/07/2016
22
Jul
2016

ePrivacy

Preliminary EDPS Opinion on the review of the ePrivacy Directive (2002/58/EC)

07/10/2015
7
Oct
2015

Keynote address at Annual Privacy Forum 2015

Keynote address by Giovanni Buttarelli to ENISA Annual Privacy Forum 2015, Luxembourg.

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25/09/2015
25
Sep
2015

EU PNR: EDPS warns against unjustified and massive collection of passenger data

Yesterday, as the EDPS published his Second Opinion on the use of Passenger Name Records (PNR) for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime, he said that there is a lack of information to justify the necessity of an EU PNR scheme.

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01/06/2015
1
Jun
2015

EU Data Protection Reform: the EDPS meets international civil liberties groups

On Wednesday 27 May 2015, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and international citizens groups discussed the ongoing reform of EU data protection rules. As the EDPS prepares a fresh contribution to assist the EU co-legislator in their trilogue meetings on the reform, the meeting was a valuable occasion to better understand the concerns of citizens.

Video of the meeting

23/01/2015
23
Jan
2015

Computers, Privacy & Data Protection - 2015 Data Protection on the Move

Concluding remarks of Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels

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22/07/2014
22
Jul
2014

Early Warning System (EWS) - REA

Opinion on a notification for Prior Checking received from the Data Protection Officer of the Research Executive Agency regarding the processing operation on personal data concerning the "Early Warning System (EWS) at the Research Executive Agency" (Case 2012-0981)

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22/07/2014
22
Jul
2014

Third Country Nationals accessing the Joint Research Centre sites

Opinion on a notification for Prior Checking received from the Data Protection Officer of the European Commission on the Security opinions on the Third Country Nationals accessing the Joint Research Centre sites (Case 2013-1020)

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