EDPS preliminary opinion on the European Commission's Communication on "A European strategy for data" and the creation of a common space in the area of health, namely the European Health Data Space ('EHDS').
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.
Speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski delivered at the 'Digital Health 2020 - EU on the Move' Panel, as part of an event organised by the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union (via video link), Brussels, Belgium
Introductory remarks by Wojciech Wiewiórowski at the committee for European Affairs of the senate of the Republic of France (via videolink).
EDPB-EDPS Joint Opinion 1/2019 on the processing of patients’ data and the role of the European Commission within the eHealth Digital Service infrastructure (eHDSI)
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)