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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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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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07/07/2014
7
Jul
2014

Newsletter Nr. 42

The July 2014 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers EDPS Opinions on asset freezing and Big Data and many other EDPS activities.

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08/04/2014
8
Apr
2014

Press Statement: The CJEU rules that the Data Retention Directive is invalid

The EDPS welcomes the ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU in Digital Rights Ireland and Seitlinger and Others (Joined cases C-293/12, C-594/12) on the invalidity of the Data Retention Directive (Directive 2006/24/EC). It follows the input given by the EDPS in these proceedings.

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19/12/2013
19
Dec
2013

Access to traffic data in the context of an OLAF internal investigation

Consultation on access to traffic data in the context of an OLAF internal investigation (Case 2013-1320)

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14/11/2013
14
Nov
2013

European single market for electronic communications

Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down measures concerning the European single market for electronic communications and to achieve a Connected Continent, and amending Directives 2002/20/EC, 2002/21/EC and 2002/22/EC and Regulations (EC) No 1211/2009 and (EU) No 531/2012

27/03/2013
27
Mar
2013

eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020

Opinion on the Communication from the Commission on 'eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 - Innovative healthcare for the 21st century'

23/11/2012
23
Nov
2012

Insurance mediation, UCITS and key information documents for investment products

Opinion on proposals for a Directive on insurance mediation, a Directive amending certain provisions of Directive 2009/65/EC on the coordination of laws, regulations and administrative sanctions relating to undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities and a Regulation on key information documents for investment products 

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27/07/2012
27
Jul
2012

Retention of criminal records - European Court of Auditors (ECA)

Answer to a consultation regarding the retention of criminal records (Case 2011-0482)

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10/01/2012
10
Jan
2012

EDPS Inventory 2012 of legislative consultations: a challenging year ahead for data protection in the EU

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today sets out his priorities for 2012 in the area of legislative consultation by publishing his strategic planning document, the Inventory. Here, the EDPS identifies issues of strategic importance that will form the cornerstones of his consultation work for 2012, while not neglecting the importance of other legislative procedures where data protection is concerned.

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13/10/2011
13
Oct
2011

European Account Preservation Order

Opinion on a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council creating a European Account Preservation Order to facilitate cross-border debt recovery in civil and commercial matters, OJ C 373/03, 21.12.2011, p.4

12/10/2011
12
Oct
2011

Customs enforcement of intellectual property rights

Opinion on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning customs enforcement of intellectual property rights, OJ C 363/01, 13.12.2011, p1

15/06/2011
15
Jun
2011

EDPS Annual Report 2010: an increased effort is required to ensure effective data protection in practice

Today Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), and Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant Supervisor, presented their Annual Report of activities for 2010 to the press. This Report covers the sixth full year of activity of the EDPS as a new, independent supervisory body.

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31/05/2011
31
May
2011

Evaluation shows that the Data Retention Directive does not meet privacy and data protection requirements, says EDPS

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the European Commission's Evaluation Report on the Data Retention Directive (*). This much discussed Directive requires all providers of electronic communication services to store traffic and location data of the communications of all citizens, for possible use by the Member States for law enforcement purposes.

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31/05/2011
31
May
2011

Evaluation report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the Data Retention Directive (Directive 2006/24/EC)

Opinion on the Evaluation report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the Data Retention Directive (Directive 2006/24/EC), OJ C 279/01, 23.09.2011, p.1

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19/04/2011
19
Apr
2011

OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories

Opinion on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories, OJ C 216/04, 22.07.2011, p.9

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories

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