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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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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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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.

27/04/2017
27
Apr
2017

Limassol, 27 - 28 April 2017

Resolution on the modernization of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data [ETS no. 108, hereafter 'Convention 18'] PDF icon
Resolution of rules and procedures of the ConferencePDF icon
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.

01/12/2016
1
Dec
2016

7th Annual Data Protection and Privacy Conference

Keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at the 7th Annual Data Protection and Privacy Conference, Brussels, Belgium

09/11/2016
9
Nov
2016

IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2016

Keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium

07/11/2016
7
Nov
2016

Privacy in an age of hyperconnectivity

Keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli to the Privacy and Security Conference 2016, Rust am Neusiedler See, Austria

27/10/2016
27
Oct
2016

Newsletter Nr. 49

The October 2016 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers recently adopted Opinions on Big Data and the EU border package, the EDPS Guidelines on Whistleblowing and many other EDPS activities.

19/10/2016
19
Oct
2016

Adequacy, Localisation and Cultural Determinism

Keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at 38th International Privacy Conference, Marrakech, Morocco

18/10/2016
18
Oct
2016
30/09/2016
30
Sep
2016

The accountability principle in the new GDPR

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli given at the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg

15/09/2016
15
Sep
2016

Data Protection rules in relation to financial services and digital economy

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at BBA's Data Protection & Privacy conference

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.

20/06/2016
20
Jun
2016

Consumers shaping the digital economy

Keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli given at BEUC Digiforum 2016, Brussels

17/06/2016
17
Jun
2016

What impact of the data protection on the future of a global digital economy?

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, Paris, France

17/06/2016
17
Jun
2016

Convention 108: from a European reality to a global treaty

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at the Council of Europe International Conference, Strasbourg, France

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.

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24/05/2016
24
May
2016

Data protection for the digital generation: the countdown to the GDPR begins

With new data protection rules now recognised as law, the EU must turn its attention to ensuring that they are successfully implemented, the European Data Protection Supervisor said to the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), as he presented his 2015 Annual Report.

19/05/2016
19
May
2016

New Regulation boosts the roles of EDPS and Europol

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Giovanni Buttarelli and the Director of the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol), Rob Wainwright, welcomed the recent adoption by the European Parliament of the new Regulation on Europol.

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