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Ethics

Our commonly held principles and standards of conduct are being influenced by the rapidly changing digital landscape. The ever-increasing collection and use of personal data, development of artificial intelligence and mass surveillance pose serious legal, social, scientific and also ethical concerns. The need for a worldwide reflection prompted the EDPS to set up an Ethics Advisory Group, to reflect on how to reconcile the protection of human rights and technological development.

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Tuesday, 20 June, 2017
20
Jun
2017

Newsletter (N°
52
)

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.
17/05/2017
17
May
2017

Data Driven Life - Brochure

Data Driven Life, EDPS workshop in cooperation with the EAG

12/05/2017
12
May
2017

Newsletter Nr. 51

The May 2017 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers recently adopted Opinions on data protection and the EU institutions, digital content and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), 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.

Full text of the Annual Report:PDF icon
Summary:PDF icon
E-book (e-pub):File
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

13/03/2017
13
Mar
2017

Press Statement - 2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners to be hosted in Brussels

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Giovanni Buttarelli and the Chairman of the Commission for Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ventsislav Karadjov thank the Members, the Chair and the Executive Committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) for their confidence in them to jointly host the prestigious 40th annual conference in October 2018.

15/02/2017
15
Feb
2017
24/01/2017
24
Jan
2017

Ethics, research and the data-driven society

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli given to ESOMAR European Insights Summit, Brussels, Belgium

20/12/2016
20
Dec
2016

Newsletter Nr. 50

The December 2016 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers recently adopted Guidelines on Administrative Inquiries and Disciplinary Proceedings, the EDPS Opinion on Personal Information Management Systems (PIMS) and many other EDPS activities.

09/11/2016
9
Nov
2016

IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2016

Keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium

04/11/2016
4
Nov
2016

"Les données personnelles: entre protection et exploitation"

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at the Autumn School 2016 on the EU, University of Laval, Québec, Canada

17/10/2016
17
Oct
2016

Issues of citizens' privacy and data protection in relation to new technologies

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at the Belgian Senate Conferences, Brussels, Belgium (via a video)

01/07/2016
1
Jul
2016

Newsletter Nr. 48

The July 2016 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers the EDPS Opinion on Privacy Shield, the 2015 Annual Report, the EDPS Accountability Initiative and many other EDPS activities.

31/05/2016
31
May
2016

EDPS-EAG Workshop on Ethics

Videos of the workshop are available here:

Part 1 & Part 2.

Report of the workshopPDF icon
24/05/2016
24
May
2016

2015 Annual Report - Data protection for the digital generation: the countdown to the GDPR begins

The EDPS focused considerable efforts in 2015 on ensuring the successful adoption of new and effective data protection rules, providing legislators with detailed recommendations in the form of an app. He now turns his attention to the successful implementation of these rules and the reform of the current Regulation, which will apply to the work of the EDPS and the other EU institutions and bodies.

The EDPS launched several new initiatives in 2015, such as those on data ethics and big data. He also worked closely with the Article 29 Working Party to analyse the consequences of the Court of Justice of the European Union's ruling on Safe Harbour and advise the Commission on alternative solutions. These and other initiatives will continue into 2016 and beyond to ensure that the EU remains at the forefront of data protection and privacy policy in the years to come.

Full text of the Annual Report:PDF icon
E-book (e-pub):File
19/04/2016
19
Apr
2016

Ethics at the Root of Privacy and as the Future of Data Protection

Address given by Giovanni Buttarelli at event hosted by Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and the MIT Internet Policy Initiative and the MIT Media Lab

19/04/2016
19
Apr
2016

"Ethics at the root of privacy and as the future of data protection"

Address given by Giovanni Buttarelli at the event hosted by Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and the MIT Internet Policy Initiative and the MIT Media Lab

07/04/2016
7
Apr
2016

Newsletter Nr. 47

The April 2016 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers the EDPS Opinion on the EU-US "Umbrella Agreement", the launch of the EDPS Reference Library and the EDPS initiative on digital ethics and many other EDPS activities.

28/01/2016
28
Jan
2016

EDPS starts work on a New Digital Ethics

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) announced that the work on a new Digital Ethics is ready to begin. The EDPS has launched a broader discussion, both in the EU and globally, on how to ensure the integrity of our values while embracing the benefits of new technologies.

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