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General Data Protection Regulation

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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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

30/11/2017
30
Nov
2017

8th Annual Data Protection and Privacy Conference

8th Annual Data Protection and Privacy Conference, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli,  Brussels, Belgium

30/11/2017
30
Nov
2017

Training on the new Regulation at EUSA

On 30 November 2017, the EDPS Supervision & Enforcement Unit has provided a training on the new Regulation to managers/heads of Units/sectors at the EUSA, in Brussels.

Link to video presentation.
Password to access the video: EDPS-301117
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28/11/2017
28
Nov
2017

Think Digital Summit

European Business Summit "Think Digital", keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium

10/11/2017
10
Nov
2017

Privacy Engineering Research and the GDPR: A Trans-Atlantic Initiative

Opening speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at the Workshop: Privacy Engineering Research and the GDPR: A Trans-Atlantic Initiative, University of Leuven, Belgium

01/08/2017
1
Aug
2017

Digital single gateway and the 'once-only' principle

EDPS Opinion on the proposal for a Regulation establishing a single digital gateway and the ‘once-only’ principle

01/08/2017
1
Aug
2017

A digital Europe needs data protection

The successful implementation of an EU-wide once-only principle to enable the lawful exchange of data across EU borders depends on ensuring that the relevant data protection principles are respected, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today, as he published his Opinion on the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation establishing a single digital gateway and the once-only principle.

25/05/2017
25
May
2017

FutureTech Congress in Warsaw

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at the FutureTech Confress in Warsaw, Poland, for the panel "The impact of the GDPR on solutions based on Big Data processing"

17/05/2017
17
May
2017

19th Meeting of the Central and Eastern European DPAs

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at the 19th Meeting of the Central and Eastern European Data Protection Authorities (CEEDPA) in Tbilisi, Georgia
 

15/05/2017
15
May
2017

Put data protection accountability into practice

Hitting the ground running: How regulators and businesses can really put data protection accountability into practice, keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at European Data Protection Days (EDPD) Conference, Berlin

11/05/2017
11
May
2017

Data Protection within International Organizations

Opening speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at the Workshop: Data Protection within International Ogranizations organised by the International Organization for Migration and the European Data Protection Supervisor, Geneva, Switzerland

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.

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