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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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22/02/2010
22
Feb
2010

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement: EDPS warns about its potential incompatibility with EU data protection regime

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on current negotiations by the European Union aimed at adopting a new multilateral agreement to strengthen the enforcement of intellectual property rights and to combat counterfeiting and piracy (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement - ACTA).

26/10/2009
26
Oct
2009

Stakeholders discuss how to respond to data breaches at EDPS-ENISA seminar (Brussels, 23 October 2009)

On 23 October, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), in cooperation with the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), organised a seminar entitled "Responding to data breaches". The seminar, which was mainly aimed at data controllers and data security practitioners, was attended by more than 80 participants.

24/09/2009
24
Sep
2009

EDPS Annual Report 2008: first mandate concludes with substantial progress in data protection compliance

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued his Annual Report which covers 2008 as the fourth full year of activity of the EDPS as a new independent supervisory authority. This Report also concludes the first EDPS mandate and provides an opportunity to take stock of developments since the start.

22/07/2009
22
Jul
2009

Intelligent Transport Systems in road transport: "lack of clarity may lead to different levels of data protection in Europe" warns EDPS

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the European Commission's proposed deployment plan for intelligent transport systems (ITS) in Europe that was adopted in December 2008 to accelerate and coordinate their deployment in road transport and their connection with other modes of transport (*).

23/06/2009
23
Jun
2009

Data protection compliance in the EU administration: EDPS reports overall good progress and will step up verification in practice

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued his second general report measuring progress made in the implementation of data protection rules and principles by Community institutions and bodies, as laid down in the Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 45/2001).

05/05/2009
5
May
2009

EDPS welcomes 500th prior-check notification and introduces online public register of notifications for greater transparency

On 30 April, in his sixth year of activity, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) received the 500th prior-check notification on a processing of personal data in the EU administration. For reasons of transparency, a register of all notifications for prior checking received by the EDPS is now publicly available on the EDPS website.

18/02/2009
18
Feb
2009

Revision of EURODAC and Dublin Regulations: EDPS welcomes attention devoted to data protection and other fundamental rights

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted two interlinked opinions relating to the proposal for a revision of the EURODAC Regulation and the proposal recasting the so-called "Dublin Regulation" which determines the EU Member State responsible for an asylum application.

28/11/2008
28
Nov
2008

EDPS sees adoption of Data Protection Framework for police and judicial cooperation only as a first step

Three years after the initial Commission proposal, the Council of the European Union adopted on 27 November the Framework Decision on the protection of personal data in the field of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters – the first general data protection instrument in the EU third pillar.

12/11/2008
12
Nov
2008

EDPS Opinion on transatlantic information sharing for law enforcement purposes: progress is welcomed, but additional work is needed

On 10 November, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the Final Report by the EU-US High Level Contact Group on information sharing and privacy and personal data protection, which was presented by the Presidency of the European Union (EU) in June 2008. The Report defines common principles on privacy and data protection as a first step towards the exchange of information between the EU and the United States (US) to fight terrorism and serious transnational crime.

22/06/2008
22
Jun
2008

EDPS Opinion on safer Internet for children: data protection is an essential prerequisite to the safety of children online

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an Opinion on the proposed multi-annual Community programme on protecting children using the Internet and other communication technologies, which was presented by the European Commission in February 2008.

15/05/2008
15
May
2008

EDPS Annual report 2007: enhanced data protection needs to be delivered in practice

Today, Peter Hustinx, Supervisor, and Joaquín Bayo Delgado, Assistant Supervisor, presented their fourth Annual Report to the press. The report runs through the main features of the EDPS activities in 2007, notably with regard to supervisory and consultative tasks. It also emphasises the impact of the Lisbon Treaty that provides for an enhanced protection of personal data.

15/05/2008
15
May
2008

EDPS reports on EU institutions and bodies' compliance with their data protection obligations

On 14 May, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) presented his general report measuring the implementation of Regulation (EC) 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the institutions and bodies of the Community.

28/04/2008
28
Apr
2008

EDPS issues policy paper on his role in EU research and technological development

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted a policy paper which sets out his role and possible contributions to EU research and technological development (RTD). The policy paper develops possible models of contribution, both in the preparatory stages of an EU Framework Programme and with regard to individual RTD projects.

The overall objective of these contributions is for the EDPS to promote and reinforce the application of the principle of "privacy by design".

03/03/2008
3
Mar
2008

EDPS issues first comments on EU border management package

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today issued first comments on three Communications presented by the European Commission on 13 February 2008 to develop the EU's external border management.

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