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
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.
Prior-checking notification regarding "Social-Biking: a fîeld study on physical activity and social networks" at the Joint Research Centre (case 2017-0080)
Prior checking opinion on the use of the "Public hearings" tool at EMA in compliance with the Regulation (case 2016-0953)
Prior-checking opinion regarding test run of the Geographic Information System tool at ECDC (2016-0759)
Prior-check Opinion on the EU Platform for Rare Diseases Registration at the Joint Research Centre-Ispra (JRC) (Case 2015-0982)