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Ethics

Technological advancement, most centrally big data processing and the interconnectedness of digital devices, allow for the collection and usage of personal data in increasingly complex and opaque ways, thus posing significant threats to privacy and data protection. Against this background, the EDPS ethics initiative has been calling for a broad understanding of privacy and data protection as core values central to protecting human dignity, autonomy and the democratic functioning of our societies. For more information on the EDPS work on ethics click here.

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17/05/2019
17
May
2019

Interview: Technology between opportunity and privacy - Giovanni Buttarelli

Giovanni Buttarelli discusses data protection issues relating to facial recognition on RSIonline (Italian).

25/03/2019
25
Mar
2019

Expert Q&A: European Data Protection Supervisor on Digital Ethics - Giovanni Buttarelli

An Expert Q&A with the European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, by Thomson Reuters.

26/02/2019
26
Feb
2019

2018 Annual Report - a new era in data protection

2018 was a busy year for the EDPS and a pivotal year for data protection in general. Under new data protection rules, the rights of every individual living in the EU are now better protected than ever. Public awareness about the value of online privacy is at an all-time high.

The 2018 Annual Report provides an insight into all EDPS activities in 2018. Chief among these were our efforts to prepare for the new legislation. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became fully applicable across the EU on 25 May 2018 and new data protection rules for the EU institutions are also now in place. Working with the new European Data Protection Board (EDPB), the EDPS aims to ensure consistent protection of individuals’ rights, wherever they live in the EU.

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26/02/2019
26
Feb
2019

EDPS launches first Annual Report of new data protection era

2018 was a busy year for the EDPS and a pivotal year for data protection in general. Under new data protection rules, the rights of every individual living in the EU are now better protected than ever, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today, as he presented his 2018 Annual Report to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).

08/02/2019
8
Feb
2019

EDPS #DebatingEthics: onto the next round

We closed the public session of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in October 2018 with a promise to continue the discussion on digital ethics. With the launch of our new #DebatingEthics Conversations, a series of six interactive webinars that will then also be released as podcasts, we aim to provide an open platform for this urgent debate.

Each webinar will revolve around a specific theme and bring together different perspectives. Our provisional programme is as follows:

28 February 2019: #DebatingEthics 1 - Digital ethics and the law
30 April 2019: #DebatingEthics 2 - Digitalisation and the future of work
4 July 2019: #DebatingEthics 3 - The environmental impact of new technologies
4 September 2019: #DebatingEthics 4 - Growing up in the digital age
20 November 2019: #DebatingEthics 5 - Digital platforms and their impact on relationships
5 December 2019: #DebatingEthics 6 - Why #DebatingEthics? Revisited

Each webinar will be open for anyone to listen in and comment or ask questions at the end of the discussion. How can moral reasoning help us shape responsible technological development? Follow our updates here and on Twitter and join us in #DebatingEthics.

01/02/2019
1
Feb
2019

CPDP 2019

Closing remarks by Giovanni Buttarelli at CPDP 2019 in Brussels, Belgium

28/01/2019
28
Jan
2019

Conference Report - 40th ICDPPC

The official report of the 40th edition of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners: Debating Ethics – Dignity and Respect in Data Driven Life

15/01/2019
15
Jan
2019

Our World: 100 Thought Leaders Shape our Common Future - Giovanni Buttarelli

On 15th January 2019, EDPS Giovanni Buttarelli published an article in Our World's Leadership Vision section, alongside 99 other leading minds.

Read Mr. Buttarelli's piece, Humanity's Finest Work of Art, exploring human dignity in the digital era, here.

25/10/2018
25
Oct
2018

Debating Ethics: Dignity and Respect in a Data Driven Life

"Debating Ethics: Dignity and Respect in a Data Driven Life" Closing speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

24/10/2018
24
Oct
2018

Choose Humanity: Putting Dignity back into Digital

"Choose Humanity: Putting Dignity back into Digital", Opening speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

03/10/2018
3
Oct
2018

Apple CEO Tim Cook joins stellar line-up for 2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is pleased to announce that Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, will deliver the keynote speech at Debating Ethics, the public session of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, on Wednesday 24 October 2018.

Thursday, 27 September, 2018
27
Sep
2018

Newsletter (N°
63
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With the 2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, hosted by the EDPS and the Bulgarian Data Protection Commission, now only a few short weeks away, the September edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers all you need to know before you arrive in Brussels this October. If you have not yet registered for the conference, there is still time to do so ! Read on to find out more.
25/09/2018
25
Sep
2018

Public Consultation on Digital Ethics - Summary of outomes

On 15 June 2018, the EDPS launched a public consultation on digital ethics. The consultation took place as part of the EDPS Ethics Initiative and was open until 15 July 2018. A summary of the outcomes has now been published.

20/03/2018
20
Mar
2018

Data Protection and Privacy in 2018: Going beyond the GDPR

2018 will be a landmark year for data protection. As co-host of the 2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) and a key player in the reform and implementation of the new EU data protection framework, the EDPS will remain at the forefront of the global dialogue on data protection and privacy in the digital age, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today, as he presented his 2017 Annual Report to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).

19/03/2018
19
Mar
2018

2017 Annual Report - Data Protection and Privacy in 2018: going beyond the GDPR

The GDPR is an outstanding achievement for the EU, its legislators and stakeholders, but the EU's work to ensure that data protection goes digital is far from finished. The majority of the world population now has access to the internet, while tech giants now represent the six highest valued companies in the world. With this in mind, in 2017 the EDPS issued advice to the legislator on the new ePrivacy Regulation, as well as pursuing his own initiatives relating to the Digital Clearinghouse and Digital Ethics, the latter of which will be the main topic of discussion at the 2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, co-hosted by the EDPS.

Finalising and implementing a revised version of the current legislation governing data protection in the EU institutions and bodies as soon as possible is also a priority, if the EU is to remain a credible and effective leader in the protection of individuals' rights. The EDPS intends to exercise the powers granted to him in the revised Regulation efficiently and responsibly, in order to ensure that the EU's institutions and bodies set an example for the rest of the EU to follow. For this reason, the EDPS has invested a lot of effort in preparing the EU institutions for the new rules and will continue to do so throughout 2018.  

In 2017, the EDPS also contributed to ongoing discussions on the Privacy Shield and on the free flow of data in trade agreements, which will remain on the EU and EDPS agenda throughout 2018. With the fight against terrorism still a pressing concern for the EU, the EDPS continues to advocate the need to find a balance between security and privacy in the processing of personal data by law enforcement authorities. As the new data protection supervisor for Europol, the EU’s police authority, he is determined to ensure that the EU sets an example in achieving this balance.

 

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25/01/2018
25
Jan
2018

Ethics Advisory Group Report 2018

As part of the EDPS 2015-2019 strategy, the Ethics Advisory Group is set up with the mandate to explore the relationships between human rights, technology, markets and business models in the 21st century.

The EAG has now published its Report 2018.

03/10/2017
3
Oct
2017

2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners to focus on Digital Ethics

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Giovanni Buttarelli, and the Chairman of the Commission for Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Bulgaria (CPDP), Ventislav Karadjov, would like to extend their warmest congratulations to the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data in Hong Kong, who hosted this year’s thought provoking edition of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC).

29/09/2017
29
Sep
2017

39th International Conference (ICDPPC)

39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC), Presentation by Giovanni Buttarelli & Ventislav Karadjov, Hong Kong, China

12/07/2017
12
Jul
2017

Data Driven Life Workshop

 

Speakers' intervention:

Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor

Peter Burgess, Chair of the Ethics Advisory Group

Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information and Director of Research of the Digital Ethics Lab, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Anne Cambon Thomsen, Emeritus Research Director CNRS, Joint Unit of Epidemiology and Public Health, Inserm and University of Toulouse

Effy Vayena, Professor of Health Policy and Ethics, University of Zurich

Romain Bircher, Deputy Director of Communication and Information Management, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva

Andrej Zwitter, Head of Political Science Department, University of Groningen

Elena Alfaro Martinez, Head of Data & Open innovation, BBVA

Cécile Wendling, Head of Foresight, AXA Group

Aurélie Pols, Data Governance and Privacy Engineer at Mind Your Privacy

Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Co-founder PersonalData.IO

Young Mie Kim, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Antoinette Rouvroy, Research Associate at the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), University of Namur

Dirk Helbing, Professor of Computational Social Science

Dino Pedreschi, Professor of Computer Science, University of Pisa - and SoBigData.eu

Jeroen Van Den Hoven, Professor of Ethics and Technology, Delft University of Technology

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