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Technologies

As new technologies emerge and are integrated into our lives (internet of things, for instance) new uses of personal data evolve. Together with growth in computing and detection capabilities, in the field of biometrics for instance, these evolutions raise legitimate concerns about the protection of privacy and personal data.

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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.

The report shows that significant progress was achieved both in the EDPS supervisory and advisory tasks. Most Community institutions and bodies are making good progress in ensuring compliance with data protection rules, but there are still great challenges ahead. The EDPS supervision work is therefore putting more emphasis on measuring the level of compliance in practice, in particular through more systematic verifications on the spot, and on monitoring the implementation of recommendations in prior checking.

The EDPS also further improved his performance as an advisor to the European institutions and submitted opinions on an increasing number of legislative proposals. The majority of the EDPS opinions continued to concern issues related to the area of freedom, security and justice. Other subjects, such as e-privacy, public access to documents, the establishment of information systems and access to those systems, cross-border healthcare and new technologies were also quite prominent.

You can obtain a paper version of this Annual Report on EU Bookshop.

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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

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18/02/2009
18
Feb
2009

Asylum: Eurodac regulation

Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation concerning the establishment of 'Eurodac' for the comparison of fingerprints for the effective application of Regulation (EC) No [.../...][establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national or a stateless person] (COM(2008)825), OJ C 229, 23.09.2009, p. 6

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09/01/2009
9
Jan
2009

Second opinion on ePrivacy

Second opinion on the review of Directive 2002/58/EC concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector (Directive on privacy and electronic communications), OJ C 128, 06.06.2009, p. 28

17/10/2008
17
Oct
2008

Strasbourg

Resolution on childrens' online privacyPDF icon
Resolution to explore establishing an International Privacy/Data Protection Day or WeekPDF icon
Resolution on the urgent need for protecting privacy in a borderless worldPDF icon
Resolution on Privacy Protection in Social Network ServicesPDF icon
22/09/2008
22
Sep
2008

Transparency of debtors' assets

Opinion on the Commission Green paper on the effective enforcement of judgements in the European Union: the transparency of debtors' assets - COM(2008) 128 final, OJ C 20, 27.01.2009, p. 1

COM(2008) 128 final of 06.03.2008PDF icon
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. 
2007 saw the signing of the Lisbon Treaty that provides for an enhanced protection of personal data and whose impact for data protection will be closely monitored.

You can obtain a paper version of this Annual Report on EU Bookshop.

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14/05/2008
14
May
2008
28/04/2008
28
Apr
2008

The EDPS and EU Research and Technological Development

The EDPS and EU Research and Technological Development

28/04/2008
28
Apr
2008

EDPS issues policy paper on his role in EU research and technological development

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted a policy paper which sets out his role and possible contributions to EU research and technological development (RTD). The policy paper develops possible models of contribution, both in the preparatory stages of an EU Framework Programme and with regard to individual RTD projects.

The overall objective of these contributions is for the EDPS to promote and reinforce the application of the principle of "privacy by design".

11/04/2008
11
Apr
2008

Computerised reservation systems

Opinion on the proposal for a Regulation on a code of conduct for computerised reservation systems, OJ C 233, 11.09.2008, p. 1

COM(2007) 709 final of 15.11.2007PDF icon
26/03/2008
26
Mar
2008

Security features and biometrics in passports

Opinion on the proposal for a Regulation amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2252/2004 on standards for security features and biometrics in passports and travel documents issued by Member States, OJ C 200, 06.08.2008, p. 1

COM(2007) 619 final of 18.10.2007PDF icon
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26/03/2008
26
Mar
2008

EDPS Opinion on biometrics in passports: exemptions welcomed but unsatisfactory

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an Opinion on the Commission's proposal aiming at revising the 2004 Council Regulation that sets out minimum standards for security features and biometrics in passports and travel documents.

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20/03/2008
20
Mar
2008
03/03/2008
3
Mar
2008

Border management

Preliminary comments on three Communications from the Commission on border management (COM (2008) 69, COM (2008)68 and COM (2008)67)

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03/03/2008
3
Mar
2008

EDPS issues first comments on EU border management package

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today issued first comments on three Communications presented by the European Commission on 13 February 2008 to develop the EU's external border management.

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20/12/2007
20
Dec
2007

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Opinion on the communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in Europe: steps towards a policy framework (COM(2007) 96), OJ C 101, 23.04.2008, p. 1

COM(2007) 96 final of 15.03.2007 PDF icon
19/12/2007
19
Dec
2007

Implementing rules of Prüm Initiative

Opinion on the Initiative of the Federal Republic of Germany, with a view to adopting a Council Decision on the implementation of Decision 2007/…/JHA on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism and cross-border crime, OJ C 89, 10.4.2008, p. 1

Initiative published in OJ C 267, 9.11.2007, p. 4 PDF icon
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25/07/2007
25
Jul
2007

Implementation of Data Protection Directive

Opinion on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the follow-up of the Work Programme for better implementation of the Data Protection Directive, OJ C 255, 27.10.2007, p. 1

Commission Communication, COM(2007) 87 final of 07.03.2007 PDF 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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