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International Agreements

As data flows digitally across borders, it essential that the protection of fundamental rights is ensured.  In our role as advisor to the EU legislator, the EDPS continues to offer his expertise on EU proposals for international agreements, including in the areas of trade, law enforcement (for instance on PNR agreements with non-EU countries) and administrative cooperation. The EDPS recommendations aim to ensure that individuals in the EU do not forfeit their rights when their personal data is transferred outside of the EU.

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07/10/2015
7
Oct
2015

Keynote address at Annual Privacy Forum 2015

Keynote address by Giovanni Buttarelli to ENISA Annual Privacy Forum 2015, Luxembourg.

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25/09/2015
25
Sep
2015

EU PNR: EDPS warns against unjustified and massive collection of passenger data

Yesterday, as the EDPS published his Second Opinion on the use of Passenger Name Records (PNR) for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime, he said that there is a lack of information to justify the necessity of an EU PNR scheme.

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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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30/07/2015
30
Jul
2015

Strategy 2015-2019

This report sets out the Strategy adopted by the EDPS for the period 2015-2019. As data protection affects almost every EU policy area and is a key factor in legitimising and increasing trust in EU policies, the new EDPS Strategy aims to provide a framework through which to promote a culture of data protection in the European institutions. It also promotes the idea of toolkits for policymakers to help them develop innovative solutions to data protection challenges.

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Giovanni Buttarelli, EDPS and Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President, 2 March 2015
Giovanni Buttarelli, EDPS and Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President, 2 March 2015
Strategy 2015-2019 - Leading by ExamplePDF icon
Speech by Giovanni ButtarelliPDF icon
Press releasePDF icon
Annual Management Plan 2019 Summary - Promoting a new culture of data protectionPDF icon
08/07/2015
8
Jul
2015

EU-Switzerland agreement on the automatic exchange of tax information

Opinion on the EU-Switzerland agreement on the automatic exchange of tax information

16/06/2015
16
Jun
2015

Trade agreements and data flows

Speech given by Giovanni Buttarelli at the Joint Hearing of the INTA and LIBE committees, European Parliament, Brussels

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21/05/2015
21
May
2015

The Digital Single Market, data protection and the role of the EDPS to 2020

Speech given by Giovanni Buttarelli at Brussels Matters, Brussels

04/05/2015
4
May
2015

Value of the EU Data Protection Reform against the Big Data challenges

Keynote address by Giovanni Buttarelli given at the 5th European Data Protection Days, Berlin

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17/04/2014
17
Apr
2014

European Terrorist Finance Tracking System (TFTS)

EDPS comments on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on a European Terrorist Finance Tracking System (TFTS) and on the Commission Staff Working Document - Impact Assessment accompanying the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on a European Terrorist Finance Tracking System (TFTS)

08/04/2014
8
Apr
2014

Press Statement: The CJEU rules that the Data Retention Directive is invalid

The EDPS welcomes the ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU in Digital Rights Ireland and Seitlinger and Others (Joined cases C-293/12, C-594/12) on the invalidity of the Data Retention Directive (Directive 2006/24/EC). It follows the input given by the EDPS in these proceedings.

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14/03/2014
14
Mar
2014

EU-China Joint Customs Cooperation Committee

Opinion on the proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, in the EU-China Joint Customs Cooperation Committee regarding mutual recognition of the Authorised Economic Operator Programme in the European Union and the Measures on Classified Management of Enterprises Program in the People’s Republic of China

21/02/2014
21
Feb
2014

EDPS: Enforcing EU data protection law essential for rebuilding trust between EU-US

The strict enforcement of existing European data protection laws is an essential element for restoring trust between the EU and the USA said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today.

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20/02/2014
20
Feb
2014

Rebuilding Trust in EU-US Data Flows

Opinion on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on "Rebuilding Trust in EU-US Data Flows" and on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on "the Functioning of the Safe Harbour from the Perspective of EU Citizens and Companies Established in the EU"    

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20/12/2013
20
Dec
2013
30/09/2013
30
Sep
2013

Passenger Name Record data - Agreement between Canada and the European Union

Opinion on the Proposals for Council Decisions on the conclusion and the signature of the Agreement between Canada and the European Union on the transfer and processing of Passenger Name Record data

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24/09/2013
24
Sep
2013

Varsaw

Warsaw declaration on the “appification” of societyPDF icon
Resolution on accreditationPDF icon
Resolution on profilingPDF icon
Resolution on International Enforcement CoordinationPDF icon
Resolution on Conference’s Strategic DirectionPDF icon
Resolution on anchoring data protection and the protection of privacy in international lawPDF icon
Resolution on openness of Personal Data PracticesPDF icon
Resolution on digital education for allPDF icon
Resolution on web tracking and privacyPDF icon
Press release announcing the conferencePDF icon
23/04/2013
23
Apr
2013

Drug precursors

Opinion on the Proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Union and the Russian Federation on drug precursors

18/01/2013
18
Jan
2013

Drug precursors

Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 273/2004 on drug precursors and the Proposal for a Regulation amending Council Regulation (EC) No 111/2005 laying down rules for the monitoring of trade between the Community and third countries in drug precursors

20/06/2012
20
Jun
2012

2011 Annual Report - A consistent and effective approach to privacy and data protection is needed

2011 was a very productive year, in line with our efforts to ensure consistent and effective protection of privacy and personal data in a fast-changing, interconnected world.In its support of technological advances and economic development, particularly in an age of austerity, it is important that the EU administration does not lose sight of the right of the European citizen to privacy and data protection. Only a joint effort to apply a consistent and effective approach will maintain this fundamental right.

You can obtain a paper version of this Annual Report on EU Bookshop .

Full text of the Annual Report:PDF icon
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24/04/2012
24
Apr
2012

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

Opinion on the proposal for a Council Decision on the Conclusion of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Mexican States, the Kingdom of Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Singapore, the Swiss Confederation and the United States of America

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