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General Data Protection Regulation

Following many years of intense political debate on data protection in the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will finally become law across the EU in May 2018 and is designed to be the cornerstone of data protection in Europe. It sets out directly applicable rules on the rights of data subjects, the duties of those organisations that demand the processing of personal data and those that do the processing (data controllers and processors), international data transfers and the powers of supervisory authorities.

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Friday, 4 October, 2019
4
Oct
2019

Newsletter (N°
72
)

In this edition of the EDPS Newsletter we cover Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs), the first EDPS-EDPB Joint Opinion and the new EDPS website inspection software, among many other topics.
13/09/2019
13
Sep
2019

Service of documents and taking of evidence in civil or commercial matters

Opinion on the revision of the EU Regulations on service of documents and taking of evidence in civil or commercial matters

29/04/2019
29
Apr
2019

Dark patterns in data protection - Giovanni Buttarelli

'Dark patterns in data protection: law, nudging, design and the role of technology', Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at Legal Design Roundtable, Brussels, Belgium

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).

25/02/2019
25
Feb
2019

Being a Data Protection Officer in the public sector: the EU side of things

EDPS Podcast 'Being a Data Protection Officer in the public sector: the EU side of things' by Ute Kallenberger. Coversation with Barbara Eggl, Data Protection Officer at the European Central Bank (ECB).

Listen to podcast here.

22/10/2018
22
Oct
2018

Investigative activities of EU institutions and GDPR

Letter addressed to the DPOs of the EC, EIB, and EIF on implications of GDPR on investigative activities of EU institutions, notably regarding anti-fraud, competition and trade.

09/10/2018
9
Oct
2018

Europol’s consultation on law enforcement access to WHOIS database

Letter addressed to the EUROPOL's Data Protection Officer referring to the consultation of 5 July 2018 concerning European law enforcement authorities’ (‘LEA’) access to personal data contained in the WHOIS database.

23/08/2018
23
Aug
2018

The General Data Protection Regulation five months on

Brussels

Initiatives in the EU and international perspectives

A side event by EDPS and EDBP

Rue de la Loi 170

  • Welcome from Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor
  • Introduction: Andrea Jelinek, EDPB, “Overview and state of play”

Part 1    Initiatives in the EU- a new quality of cooperation

  • Helen Dixon, Irish Data Protection Commissioner
  • Isabelle Vereecken, Head of the EDPB Secretariat

Comments by the audience and questions to EDPB Members

At 16:00. Keynote: Koen Lenaerts, President European Court of Justice

Part 2 International perspectives and cross border cooperation

  • Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, CNIL President, Chair of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners
  • Bruno Gencarelli, Head of the International Data Flows and Protection Unit, European Commission, Ongoing adequacy negotiations
  • A representative from the Japanese DPA, The state of play on EU-Japanese relationship on data protection (tbc)
  • Felipe Harboe, Member of the Parliament of Chile (tbc)
  • Professor Danilo Doneda (Brazil) (tbc)

Comments by the audience and Q&A

More information about the Privacy Conference 2018

31/05/2018
31
May
2018

Privacy by Design

EDPS Preliminary Opinion on Privacy by Design.

31/05/2018
31
May
2018

Austrian Commission of Jurists

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at Austrian Commission of Jurists, Wien, Austria.

23/05/2018
23
May
2018

EDPS welcomes agreement on new data protection rules for the EU institutions and bodies

Just two days from now, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become fully applicable to all companies and organisations operating within the EU.

14/05/2018
14
May
2018

8th European Data Protection Days (EDPD)

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at 8th European Data Protection Days (EDPD), Berlin, Germany

12/04/2018
12
Apr
2018

Fifth World Congress for Freedom of Scientific research

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at Fifth World Congress for Freedom of Scientific research on GDPR in scientific research.

26/03/2018
26
Mar
2018

EDPS helping EU institutions to prepare for new chapter in EU data protection

Two months before the new data protection rules set out in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) become applicable, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has published two new sets of Guidelines. The Guidelines provide advice to the EU institutions on how to adapt to this new chapter in EU data protection, which is notable for the emphasis it places on the principle of accountability.

23/03/2018
23
Mar
2018

IT governance and IT management

Guidelines on the protection of personal data in IT governance and IT management of EU institutions.

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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23/01/2018
23
Jan
2018

EDPS-Civil Society Summit 2018

The EDPS-Civil society summit is an annual meeting between EDPS and civil society organisations organized to discuss the state of data protection and privacy in the EU.

The 2018 edition will focus on two main issues:

  • challenges related to GDPR implementation related to individual and collective redress
  • monitoring of illegal content online: notice and action procedures.

The summit is a part of the Privacy Camp 2018.

You can follow the event on our Twitter account and participate in the online conversation using the hashtags #EDPSCivSoc2016 and

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