European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Surveillance

Surveillance

Technological progress in the last few decades have made monitoring, tracking and profiling techniques easier, cheaper and more accurate. As a result, surveillance has increased in both the public sector (for law enforcement purposes and public security for example) and in the private sector (for targeted advertising for example). These practices can profoundly affect how individuals think and act, as well as other personal rights (such as freedom of expression or association). Any form of surveillance is an intrusion on the fundamental rights to the protection of personal data and to the right to privacy.  It must be provided for by law and be necessary and proportionate.

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21/03/2018
21
Mar
2018

"Data Processing for Social Media Monitoring" at the European Central Bank (ECB) - ECB

Priorcheck Opinion on "Data Processing for Social Media Monitoring" at the European Central Bank (ECB) (Case 2017-1052)

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19/03/2018
19
Mar
2018

2017 Annual Report - Data Protection and Privacy in 2018: going beyond the GDPR

The GDPR is an outstanding achievement for the EU, its legislators and stakeholders, but the EU's work to ensure that data protection goes digital is far from finished. The majority of the world population now has access to the internet, while tech giants now represent the six highest valued companies in the world. With this in mind, in 2017 the EDPS issued advice to the legislator on the new ePrivacy Regulation, as well as pursuing his own initiatives relating to the Digital Clearinghouse and Digital Ethics, the latter of which will be the main topic of discussion at the 2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, co-hosted by the EDPS.

Finalising and implementing a revised version of the current legislation governing data protection in the EU institutions and bodies as soon as possible is also a priority, if the EU is to remain a credible and effective leader in the protection of individuals' rights. The EDPS intends to exercise the powers granted to him in the revised Regulation efficiently and responsibly, in order to ensure that the EU's institutions and bodies set an example for the rest of the EU to follow. For this reason, the EDPS has invested a lot of effort in preparing the EU institutions for the new rules and will continue to do so throughout 2018.  

In 2017, the EDPS also contributed to ongoing discussions on the Privacy Shield and on the free flow of data in trade agreements, which will remain on the EU and EDPS agenda throughout 2018. With the fight against terrorism still a pressing concern for the EU, the EDPS continues to advocate the need to find a balance between security and privacy in the processing of personal data by law enforcement authorities. As the new data protection supervisor for Europol, the EU’s police authority, he is determined to ensure that the EU sets an example in achieving this balance.

 

Full text of Annual Report:PDF icon
E-book (e-pub):File
13/10/2017
13
Oct
2017

Video-surveillance system - EESC and CoR

Prior-checking Opinion regarding the video-surveillance system of the European Economic Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions (Case 2017-0662)

The Opinion regards the rather sophisticated video-surveillance system of the European Economic Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. In the light of the EDPS Guidelines on Video-surveillance and against the background of a data protection impact assessment conducted, it contains recommendations on covert surveillance (concealed cameras), the collection of special categories of data and applicable retention periods.

23/09/2016
23
Sep
2016

Big Data

EDPS Opinion on coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of Big Data

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24/05/2016
24
May
2016

2015 Annual Report - Data protection for the digital generation: the countdown to the GDPR begins

The EDPS focused considerable efforts in 2015 on ensuring the successful adoption of new and effective data protection rules, providing legislators with detailed recommendations in the form of an app. He now turns his attention to the successful implementation of these rules and the reform of the current Regulation, which will apply to the work of the EDPS and the other EU institutions and bodies.

The EDPS launched several new initiatives in 2015, such as those on data ethics and big data. He also worked closely with the Article 29 Working Party to analyse the consequences of the Court of Justice of the European Union's ruling on Safe Harbour and advise the Commission on alternative solutions. These and other initiatives will continue into 2016 and beyond to ensure that the EU remains at the forefront of data protection and privacy policy in the years to come.

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E-book (e-pub):File
07/04/2016
7
Apr
2016

Newsletter Nr. 47

The April 2016 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers the EDPS Opinion on the EU-US "Umbrella Agreement", the launch of the EDPS Reference Library and the EDPS initiative on digital ethics and many other EDPS activities.

16/12/2015
16
Dec
2015

Electronic Communications

Guidelines on personal data and electronic communications in the EU institutions (eCommunications guidelines)

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15/12/2015
15
Dec
2015

Intrusive surveillance technologies

Dissemination and use of intrusive surveillance technologies

19/11/2015
19
Nov
2015

Meeting the challenges of big data

Meeting the challenges of big data, A call for transparency, user control, data protection by design and accountability

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01/06/2015
1
Jun
2015

EU Data Protection Reform: the EDPS meets international civil liberties groups

On Wednesday 27 May 2015, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and international citizens groups discussed the ongoing reform of EU data protection rules. As the EDPS prepares a fresh contribution to assist the EU co-legislator in their trilogue meetings on the reform, the meeting was a valuable occasion to better understand the concerns of citizens.

Video of the meeting

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06/05/2015
6
May
2015

Intelligence and Security

Speech given by Giovanni Buttarelli at the Vienna Parliamentary Forum on Intelligence-Security, Vienna

03/11/2014
3
Nov
2014

Single Supervisory Mechanism - ECB

Opinion on a notification for prior checking received from the Data Protection Officer of the European Central Bank (ECB) regarding the prudential supervisory processes to be established as part of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (Case 2014-0888)

04/06/2014
4
Jun
2014

The EU should ensure an area of freedom, security and justice with the rights of individuals at its core

The EDPS today called on the European Council to place the rights of individuals at the core of justice and security policies in the years to come.

02/05/2014
2
May
2014

Restoring Trust across the Atlantic

Article written by Peter Hustinx and published in TELOS, Revista de Pensamiento sobre Comunicación, Tecnologia y Sociedad, February-May 2014.

08/04/2014
8
Apr
2014
12/03/2014
12
Mar
2014

EU-wide real-time traffic information services

Letter regarding the Public consultation on the provision of EU-wide real-time traffic information services under Directive 2010/40/EU


Annex 2 - EDPS Formal comments on the Commission Delegated Regulations supplementing Directive 2010/40/EU of the European Parliament and the Council with regard to "Data and procedures for the provision, where possible, of road safety related minimum universal traffic information free of charge to users" and "Provision of information services for safe and secure parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles"

Annex 1 - EDPS Opinion of 22 July 2009 on Intelligent Transport SystemsPDF icon
Annex 2 - EDPS Formal comments of 13 June 2013PDF icon
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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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13/01/2014
13
Jan
2014

Video-surveillance: EDPS welcomes improvements in EU bodies

In a report issued today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) highlights his overall satisfaction with the video-surveillance systems of four Luxembourg-based EU bodies that were inspected on 9 and 10 July 2013.

17/12/2013
17
Dec
2013

Video-surveillance policy - EP

Avis du 17 décembre 2013 sur la notification en vue d’un contrôle préalable concernant la politique de vidéosurveillance adoptée par le Parlement européen (PE) le 20 avril 2013 (Dossier 2013-0471)

02/12/2013
2
Dec
2013

Video-Surveillance - Follow-up

Follow-up Report to the 2010 EDPS Video-Surveillance Guidelines

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