European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Interoperability

Interoperability

Interoperability refers to the functionality of information systems to exchange data and to enable sharing of information.  Several large-scale databases have been set up at EU level to deal with migration, asylum and internal security.  These databases contain information about people.  Initiatives have been taken to identify and develop where and how these systems could communicate with each other and exchange information. Each of these systems has been created for a specific purpose.  In keeping with the main data protection principles, interoperability cannot give rise to the access or use of any data via another information system or give access to more data than is needed.

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19/03/2019
19
Mar
2019

Formal comments of the EDPS on the conditions for accessing other EU information systems for ETIAS purposes

Formal comments of the EDPS on two proposals to establish the conditions for accessing other EU information systems for ETIAS purposes

26/02/2019
26
Feb
2019

2018 Annual Report - a new era in data protection

2018 was a busy year for the EDPS and a pivotal year for data protection in general. Under new data protection rules, the rights of every individual living in the EU are now better protected than ever. Public awareness about the value of online privacy is at an all-time high.

The 2018 Annual Report provides an insight into all EDPS activities in 2018. Chief among these were our efforts to prepare for the new legislation. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became fully applicable across the EU on 25 May 2018 and new data protection rules for the EU institutions are also now in place. Working with the new European Data Protection Board (EDPB), the EDPS aims to ensure consistent protection of individuals’ rights, wherever they live in the EU.

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10/09/2018
10
Sep
2018

EDPS comments on facilitating the use of financial information for the prevention of certain criminal offences

Formal comments of the EDPS on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on facilitating the use of financial and other information for the prevention, detection, investigation or prosecution of certain criminal offences.

16/04/2018
16
Apr
2018

EDPS calls for wider debate on the future of information sharing in the EU

The EU needs a smarter approach to information sharing in order to address challenges relating to security and border management. Interoperability, the process of enabling large-scale EU databases to communicate and exchange information, might prove a useful tool, but it is also likely to have profound legal and societal consequences, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today, as he published his

16/04/2018
16
Apr
2018

Interoperability between EU large-scale informations systems

EDPS Opinion on the Proposals for two Regulations establishing a framework for interoperability between EU large-scale information systems.

20/11/2017
20
Nov
2017

EDPS supports a more coherent approach to border management and security

Several different large-scale IT databases are used by the EU to facilitate police cooperation and to help manage borders and migration. The EU aims to improve the efficiency of these databases by making them more interoperable, or capable of communicating and exchanging information. While we endorse attempts to develop a more coherent approach to border management and cooperation, this is a complex topic.

17/11/2017
17
Nov
2017

Interoperability of information systems

Reflection paper on the interoperability of information systems in the area of Freedom, Security and Justice

15/05/2017
15
May
2017
Other Documents

Interoperability in the field of migration, asylum and security

EDPS statement on the concept of interoperability in the field of migration, asylum and security

20/12/2016
20
Dec
2016

Newsletter Nr. 50

The December 2016 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers recently adopted Guidelines on Administrative Inquiries and Disciplinary Proceedings, the EDPS Opinion on Personal Information Management Systems (PIMS) and many other EDPS activities.

21/09/2016
21
Sep
2016

EU Smart Borders Package

EDPS Opinion on the Second EU Smart Borders Package, Recommendations on the revised Proposal to establish an Entry/Exit System

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.

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23/06/2011
23
Jun
2011

Technical requirements for credit transfers and direct debits in euros

Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing technical requirements for credit transfers and direct debits in euros and amending Regulation (EC) No 924/2009, OJ C 284/01, 28.09.2011, p.1

06/05/2011
6
May
2011

Interconnection of central, commercial and companies registers

Opinion on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directives 89/666/EEC, 2005/56/EC and 2009/101/EC as regards the interconnection of central, commercial and companies registers, OJ C 220/01, 26.07.2011, p.1

19/10/2010
19
Oct
2010

Global approach to transfers of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data to third countries

Opinion on the global approach to transfers of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data to third countries

04/02/2010
4
Feb
2010

Accidents and incidents in civil aviation

Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents in civil aviation

07/10/2009
7
Oct
2009

Law enforcement access to EURODAC

Opinion on the proposals regarding law enforcement access to EURODAC

10/07/2009
10
Jul
2009

"Stockholm Programme" - An Area of freedom, security and justice serving the citizen

Opinion on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on an Area of freedom, security and justice serving the citizen, OJ C 276, 17.11.2009, p. 8

06/03/2007
6
Mar
2007

Coordination of social security systems

Opinion on the proposal for a Regulation laying down the procedure for implementing Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 on the coordination of social security systems (COM(2006) 16 final), OJ C 91, 26.04.2007, p. 15

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16/02/2007
16
Feb
2007

European Police Office

Opinion on the proposal for a Council Decision establishing the European Police Office (Europol)(COM(2006) 817 final), OJ C 255, 27.10.2007, p. 13

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13/10/2006
13
Oct
2006

Laissez-passer

Opinion of on the draft Council Regulation (EC) laying down the form of the laissez-passer to be issued to members and servants of the institutions, OJ C 313, 20.12.2006, p. 36

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