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Privacy by Design

Data protection by design aims to build data protection and privacy into the design of processing operations and information systems, in order to comply with data protection principles. Organisations are required to take into account the protection of the rights of individuals, both before and during their processing activities, by implementing the appropriate technical and organisation measures to ensure that they fulfil their data protection obligations. To ensure that this key principle of the General Data Protection Regulation is applied in practice, the EDPS will issue guidance documents.

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30
Jun
2021

Newsletter (87)

In newsletter #87, catch up on the latest EDPB - EDPS Joint Opinion on Artificial Intelligence; find out how you can learn more about data protection with the EDPS' new online training programme; read the EDPS' curated Case Law Digest on international transfers of personal data; and much more! 

19
Apr
2021

Annual Report 2020

The year 2020 was unique for the world and, by extension, for the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). Like many other organisations, the EDPS had to adapt its working methods as an employer, but also its work since the COVID-19 health crisis strengthened the call for the protection of individuals' privacy. 

This Annual Report provides an insight into all EDPS activities in 2020. 

The Executive Summary of the EDPS Annual Report 2020 will be made available in all official languages of the EU in due course. 

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28
Oct
2020

EDPS Opinion on the proposal for an amendment of Council Directive 2011/16/EU relating to administrative cooperation in the field of taxation

With this Opinion, issued pursuant to Article 42(1) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, the EDPS puts forward recommendations aiming at minimizing the impact of a Commission’s legislative proposal amending Directive 2011/16/EU on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation on the fundamental right to privacy and to the protection of personal data of individuals. These recommendations are intended to ensure compliance with the applicable data protection legal framework, while avoiding jeopardizing the efficacy and efficiency of the administrative action on the fight against tax evasion.

18
Mar
2020

2019 Annual Report - a year of transition

2019 could be described as a year of transition, across Europe and the world.  With new legislation on data protection in the EU now in place, the greatest challenge moving into 2020 and beyond is to ensure that this legislation produces the promised results. Awareness of the issues surrounding data protection and privacy, and the importance of protecting these fundamental rights, is at an all-time high and this momentum cannot be allowed to decline.

This Annual Report provides an insight into all EDPS activities in 2019, which was the last year of a five-year EDPS mandate. EDPS activities therefore focused on consolidating the achievements of previous years, assessing the progress made and starting to define priorities for the future.

HTML version: EN

Summary (HTML): EN - FR - DE

Full text of Annual Report (PDF):
Available languages: English
Summary (PDF):
Available languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, Estonian, Greek, English, Spanish, French, Irish, Croatian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Maltese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Finnish, Swedish