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The EU as a whole and its individual Member States are facing new, varied and complex security threats which are more international and increasingly cross-border in nature. Several legal, and practical tools have been put in place to fight terrorism and cross-border crime. In particular, information exchanges and operational cooperation between law enforcement authorities have been strengthened.

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21/04/2016
21
Apr
2016

Counterterrorism and Data Privacy: A European Perspective

Speech given by Giovanni Buttarelli to the symposium on Governing Intelligence: Transnational Approaches to Oversight and Security, hosted by the Center on Law and Security and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, New York

18/03/2016
18
Mar
2016

Securing Europe’s Rights and Borders

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) says he supports the EU’s efforts to manage migration and reinforce internal security and offers his advice on the data protection implications of the EU’s recent proposal regarding the management of its external borders. In his Opinion on the proposed European Border and Coast Guard Regulation, he outlines his recommendations to make the proposal clearer and more workable.

07/01/2016
7
Jan
2016

Priorities for 2016: The EDPS as an advisor to the EU Institutions

As 2015 drew to a close, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published his Priorities for the policy and consultation activities of the organisation for 2016.

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15/12/2015
15
Dec
2015

Intrusive surveillance technologies

Dissemination and use of intrusive surveillance technologies

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15/12/2015
15
Dec
2015

EDPS issues an alert on intrusive surveillance

Today, as the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published his Opinion on Intrusive surveillance technology, he said he was issuing an alert about the risks posed by the unregulated growing market for the selling, distribution and (dual) use of spyware.

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28/10/2015
28
Oct
2015

EDPS recommendations on the Directive for data protection in the police and justice sectors

A further step towards comprehensive EU data protection, EDPS recommendations on the Directive for data protection in the police and justice sectors

Annex - Comparative table of Directive texts with EDPS recommendationsPDF icon
27/10/2015
27
Oct
2015

Amsterdam

Amsterdam Declaration on Genetic and Health Data and Data Protection Oversight of Security and IntelligencePDF icon
Resolution on Privacy and International Humanitarian ActionPDF icon
Resolution on Transparency ReportingPDF icon
Resolution on Cooperation with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to PrivacyPDF icon
Resolution on Conference's Strategic Direction (2016-18)PDF icon
24/09/2015
24
Sep
2015

Passenger Name Record

Second Opinion on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the use of Passenger Name Record data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime

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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
28/04/2015
28
Apr
2015

Cybersecurity and Privacy Innovation Forum 2015

Keynote address by Giovanni Buttarelli given at the Cybersecurity and Privacy Innovation Forum 2015, Brussels

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10/03/2015
10
Mar
2015

Washington Meetings Program and the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program

"Washington Meetings Program and the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program: A Conversation with Giovanni Buttarelli", Council on Foreign Relations, Washington DC

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02/03/2015
2
Mar
2015

Leading by Example: EDPS Strategy 2015-2019

This evening, the new European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) unveiled his Strategy for 2015-2019 to senior representatives of the EU institutions. Following his appointment three months ago, Giovanni Buttarelli summarised the objectives for his five-year mandate and the actions his Office will take to turn his vision into reality.

27/01/2015
27
Jan
2015

Counter-terrorism, De-Radicalisation and Foreign Fighters

Speech of Giovanni Buttarelli given during the Joint debate at the extraordinary meeting of the LIBE Committee, European Parliament, Brussels

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24/07/2014
24
Jul
2014

Management of incident or technical fault reports - EP

Letter on the notification for prior-checking concerning "Management of incident or technical fault reports" within the European Parliament (Case 2014-0643)

07/07/2014
7
Jul
2014

Newsletter Nr. 42

The July 2014 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers EDPS Opinions on asset freezing and Big Data and many other EDPS activities.

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30/06/2014
30
Jun
2014

EDPS welcomes European Council’s conclusions as a clear step forward for stronger data protection in the EU

The EDPS welcomes the clear commitment made by the European Council last Friday to ensure the protection and promotion of fundamental rights, including data protection, in further developing the area of freedom, security and justice over the next years. The Council placed also great emphasis on the adoption of a strong EU General Data Protection framework by 2015.

15/05/2014
15
May
2014

Biometric verification device case - EP

Opinion of 15 May 2014 on the notification for prior checking received from the Data Protection Officer (DPO) of the European Parliament (EP) concerning the processing of personal data in the context of the Parliament’s biometric verification device (Case 2013-1110)

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)

27/02/2014
27
Feb
2014

Data Security Breaches

In October 2013, the EDPS was notified of a data security breach involving unauthorised access to an EU Agency database which is operated by an external contractor. This database contained the names and email addresses of approximately 70 individuals. The Agency asked the EDPS for advice on how best to handle this breach, and has now implemented all our suggested remedial measures. These included carrying out a full investigation with the contractor, implementing amendments to the contract, and notifying affected data subjects.

Some EU institutions may already have their own rules in place about reporting security breaches to the relevant internal departments. Whilst we welcome this type of proactive approach, we are presently unable to provide a direct or definitive instruction on any obligations to notify security breaches to the controller or the EDPS, under current data protection law. However, the contractual changes that the Agency has implemented in this particular case indicate a positive and practical approach to data breach management, by obligating contractors to promptly notify any such breaches to the controller. This will enable the Agency to deal with any future incident in a timely and effective manner.

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17/02/2014
17
Feb
2014

Firearms and the internal security of the EU: protecting citizens and disrupting illegal trafficking

Opinion on the Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on "Firearms and the internal security of the EU: protecting citizens and disrupting illegal trafficking"    

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