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.



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

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


Newsletter (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.


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.

Available languages: English

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:
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