European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

International Cooperation

International Cooperation

The EU has set up a number of large-scale IT systems including Eurodac; the Visa Information System; the Schengen Information System; the Customs Information System; the Internal Market Information System.

The supervision of these databases is shared between the national Data Protection Authorities and the EDPS.

In order to ensure a high and consistent level of data protection, national DPAs and the EDPS work together to coordinate the supervision of these databases.

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24/04/2012
24
Apr
2012

ACTA measures to enforce IP rights in the digital environment could threaten privacy and data protection if not properly implemented

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted his Opinion on the proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The Opinion shows that the lack of precision of the Agreement about the measures to be deployed to tackle infringements of intellectual property rights ('IP rights') on the Internet may have unacceptable side effects on fundamental rights of individuals, if they are not implemented properly.

30/03/2012
30
Mar
2012
15/06/2011
15
Jun
2011

2010 Annual Report - An increased effort is required to ensure effective data protection in practice

"The Annual Report clearly shows that 2010 has been a very busy, dynamic, but also very productive year for everyone at the EDPS and for data protection in general. This is fully in line with the need to increase our efforts to ensure a more effective protection of privacy and personal data in a changing world which is increasingly global, Internet driven and dependent on the wide spread use of ICTs in all areas of life.

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14/01/2011
14
Jan
2011

Comprehensive approach on personal data protection in the European Union

Opinion on the Communication from the Commission on "A comprehensive approach on personal data protection in the European Union", OJ C 181/01, 22.06.2011, p.1

See also the text of the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - "A comprehensive approach on personal data protection in the European Union".

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03/12/2010
3
Dec
2010

2009 Annual Report - A year of major importance for the fundamental right to data protection

The report shows that 2009 was of major importance for the fundamental right to data protection.

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24/11/2010
24
Nov
2010

EU Counter-Terrorism policy: EDPS calls for a systematic and consistent approach to avoid unnecessary restrictions to privacy

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued an opinion on the European Commission's Communication on the EU Counter-Terrorism Policy which outlines the main achievements and future challenges and prepares the way for a broader Internal Security Strategy (*).The Communication is one of a number of documents in which the Commission outlines its future policies in this area. For example, on Monday the Commission issued another Communication on the EU Internal Security Strategy in Action.

27/10/2010
27
Oct
2010

Jerusalem

Administrative Resolutions, 27-29 October 2010PDF icon
Resolution calling for the organisation of an intergovernmental conference on privacy and protection of personal dataPDF icon
Resolution on Improvement of the Conference Organizational Setup, 27-29 October 2010PDF icon
Resolution on Privacy by Design, 27-29 October 2010PDF icon
24/09/2009
24
Sep
2009

2008 Annual Report - First mandate concludes with substantial progress in data protection compliance

This Report, which covers 2008 as the fourth full year of activity of the EDPS, concludes the first EDPS mandate and provides an opportunity to take stock of developments since the start.

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15/05/2008
15
May
2008

2007 Annual Report - Enhanced data protection needs to be delivered in practice

The report runs through the main features of the EDPS activities in 2007, notably with regard to his supervisory and consultative tasks.
The report highlights a considerable increase in the number of prior-checks relating to processing operations of personal data in Community institutions and bodies. The EDPS also gave further effect to his advisory role on new EU legislative proposals having an impact on data protection with the publication of 12 opinions. 

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Press release:PDF icon
28/09/2007
28
Sep
2007

Montreal

Resolution on the urgent need for global standards for safeguarding passenger data to be used by governments for law enforcementPDF icon
Resolution on Development of International StandardsPDF icon
Resolution on international co-operationPDF icon
02/05/2007
2
May
2007

2006 Annual Report - Time for the EU administration to show data protection compliance

During his third year of activities, the EDPS continued to invest in the establishment of an advanced data protection culture within the EC institutions and bodies. Since 2004, almost 150 prior checks of risky processing systems and 25 opinions on proposals for new legislation have been issued. It is now time for the EDPS to broaden his supervisory activities and start to inspect and measure results.

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25/04/2006
25
Apr
2006

Budapest

Declaration adopted at the Conference of European Data Protection Authorities

19/04/2006
19
Apr
2006

2005 Annual Report - Consolidating the EDPS

While the first year was devoted to setting up the EDPS, the second year was one of consolidation. The office grew slightly and benefited from the establishment of a press service. At the same time, core business work developed, as the EDPS became more known among the EC institutions and bodies. The number of prior checks grew to 34 and a paper on the role of the DPOs was published. Some 6 legislative opinions were presented, mostly relating to the area of "Justice, Freedom and Security".

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31/03/2005
31
Mar
2005

2004 Annual Report - Building a new institution

2004 was the year in which the EDPS was set up, with indispensable assistance from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission. Although the legal obligation to respect data protection was not new to the EC institutions and bodies, they face a new situation - being monitored by an independent supervisory authority. The EDPS took a pragmatic approach to enforcing data protection and allowed for a learning period, during which a sound data protection culture can be developed.

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