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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recognises data concerning health as a special category of data and provides a definition for health data for data protection purposes. Though the innovative principles introduced by the GDPR (privacy by design or the prohibition of discriminatory profiling) remain relevant and applicable to health data as well, specific safeguards for personal health data and for a definitive interpretation of the rules that allows an effective and comprehensive protection of such data have now been addressed by the GDPR. Processes that foster innovation and better quality healthcare, such as clinical trials or mobile health, need robust data protection safeguards in order to maintain the trust and confidence of individuals in the rules designed to protect their data.

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17/01/2018
17
Jan
2018

Transfers of personal data - ECDC

EDPS Decision pursuant to Article 9(7) of Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 concerning the transfers of personal data carried out by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to the World Health Organization (WHO) (Case 2017-1120)

28/07/2017
28
Jul
2017

Office Indoor Climate Survey - CoR

Prior Checking Opinion "Office Indoor Climate Survey" at the Committee of Regions (Case 2017-0676)

12/05/2017
12
May
2017

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.

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

08/03/2017
8
Mar
2017

Social-Biking: a field study - Joint Research Center

Prior-checking notification regarding "Social-Biking: a fîeld study on physical activity and social networks" at the Joint Research Centre (case 2017-0080)

17/01/2017
17
Jan
2017

"Public hearings" - EMA

Prior checking opinion on the use of the "Public hearings" tool at EMA in compliance with the Regulation (case 2016-0953)

17/01/2017
17
Jan
2017

Geographic Information System - ECDC

Prior-checking opinion regarding test run of the Geographic Information System tool at ECDC (2016-0759)

17/06/2016
17
Jun
2016

EU Platform for Rare Diseases Registration - JRC

Prior-check Opinion on the EU Platform for Rare Diseases Registration at the Joint Research Centre-Ispra (JRC) (Case 2015-0982)

27/10/2015
27
Oct
2015

Amsterdam

Amsterdam Declaration on Genetic and Health Data and Data Protection Oversight of Security and IntelligencePDF icon
Resolution on Privacy and International Humanitarian ActionPDF icon
Resolution on Transparency ReportingPDF icon
Resolution on Cooperation with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to PrivacyPDF icon
Resolution on Conference's Strategic Direction (2016-18)PDF icon
05/08/2015
5
Aug
2015

Newsletter Nr. 45

The August 2015 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers EDPS recommendations on the reform of EU data protection legislation, the publication of the 2014 EDPS Annual Report, the EDPS Opinion on Mobile Health and many other EDPS activities.

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03/07/2015
3
Jul
2015

Risk Analysis - Frontex

Opinion on a notification for prior checking received from the Data Protection Officer of Frontex concerning the Processing of Personal Data for Risk Analysis (PeDRA) (Case 2015-0346)

Update of the notification for prior checking opinion received from the Data Protection Office of Frontex PDF icon
19/06/2015
19
Jun
2015

EU Medicines Agencies Network Strategy to 2020

EDPS Comments on EU Medicines Agencies Network Strategy to 2020 - Working together to improve health

EDPS letter regarding comments on EU Medicines Agencies Network Strategy to 2020PDF icon
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22/05/2015
22
May
2015

Healthcare on the move

Mobile technology is revolutionising the healthcare market, offering opportunities to benefit the global population with a variety of healthcare needs, said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) following the publication of his Opinion on Mobile Health (mHealth). However, as a society we should take care to identify and support solutions which first and foremost serve individuals and respect their choices.

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21/05/2015
21
May
2015

Mobile health

Opinion on Mobile Health - Reconciling technological innovation with data protection  

01/04/2014
1
Apr
2014

A single set of rules for all: EU Data Protection Reform can support businesses and protect citizens

The reform of the EU rules on data protection will support the recovering but still fragile European economy, said the European Data Protection Supervisor following the presentation of his Annual Report of activities for 2013 to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) at the European Parliament.

28/06/2013
28
Jun
2013
30/05/2013
30
May
2013

Transparency of measures regulating the prices of medicinal products

Opinion on the amended Commission proposal for a Directive on the transparency of measures regulating the prices of medicinal products for human use and their inclusion in the scope of public health insurance systems

29/05/2013
29
May
2013

2012 Annual report - 'Smart, sustainable, inclusive Europe' : only with stronger and more effective data protection

In the course of 2012, we once again set new benchmarks in different areas of activity. In the supervision of EU institutions and bodies, when processing personal data, we interacted with more data protection officers in more institutions and bodies than ever before. In addition, we saw the effects of our new enforcement policy: most EU institutions and bodies, including many agencies, are making good progress in complying with the Data Protection Regulation, although there are still some which should increase their efforts.

In the consultation of new legislative measures, we issued a record number of opinions on a wide range of subjects. The Review of the EU legal framework for data protection was at the top of our agenda. However, the implementation of the Stockholm programme in the area of freedom, security and justice and the Digital Agenda, as well as issues in the internal market, such as financial sector reform and in public health and consumer affairs, also had an impact on data protection. We also increased our cooperation with other supervisory authorities.

You can get a paper version of this Annual Report from the EU Bookshop.

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30/04/2013
30
Apr
2013
27/03/2013
27
Mar
2013

eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020

Opinion on the Communication from the Commission on 'eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 - Innovative healthcare for the 21st century'

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