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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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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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04/04/2007
4
Apr
2007

Cross-border cooperation (Prüm Treaty)

Opinion on the initiative of 15 Member States with a view to adopting a Council Decision on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism and cross-border crime, OJ C 169, 21.07.2007, p. 2

Initiative published in OJ C 71, 28.03.2007, p. 35 PDF icon
27/10/2006
27
Oct
2006

Common Consular Instructions

Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation amending the Common Consular Instructions on visas for diplomatic missions and consular posts in relation to the introduction of biometrics including provisions on the organisation of the reception and processing of visa applications (COM (2006)269 final), JO C 321, 29.12.2006, p. 38

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26/10/2006
26
Oct
2006
16/10/2006
16
Oct
2006

Residence permits

Opinion on the modified proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) 1030/2002 laying down a uniform format for residence permits for third-country nationals, OJ C 320, 28.12.2006, p. 21

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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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19/04/2006
19
Apr
2006

2005 Annual Report - Consolidating the EDPS

While the first year was devoted to setting up the EDPS, the second year was one of consolidation. The office grew slightly and benefited from the establishment of a press service. At the same time, core business work developed, as the EDPS became more known among the EC institutions and bodies. The number of prior checks grew to 34 and a paper on the role of the DPOs was published. Some 6 legislative opinions were presented, mostly relating to the area of "Justice, Freedom and Security".

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10/03/2006
10
Mar
2006

Interoperability of databases

Comments on the Communication of the Commission on interoperability of European databases

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20/01/2006
20
Jan
2006

Access to VIS by authorities responsible for internal security

Opinion on the Proposal for a Council Decision concerning access for consultation of the Visa Information System (VIS) by the authorities of Member States responsible for internal security and by Europol for the purposes of the prevention, detection and investigation of terrorist offences and of other serious criminal offences (COM (2005)600 final), OJ C 97, 25.04.2006, p. 6

19/10/2005
19
Oct
2005

Schengen Information System (SIS II)

Opinion on three Proposals regarding the Second Generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) (COM (2005)230 final, COM (2005)236 final and COM (2005)237 final), OJ C 91, 19.04.2006, p. 38

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16/09/2005
16
Sep
2005

Montreux

Declaration on "The Protection of personal data and privacy in a globalised world : a universal right respecting diversities"PDF icon
Resolution on the use of biometrics in passports, identity cards and travel documentsPDF icon
Resolution on the use of personal data for political communicationPDF icon
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23/03/2005
23
Mar
2005

Visa Information System (VIS)

Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Visa Information System (VIS) and the exchange of data between Member States on short stay-visas, OJ C 181, 23.7.2005, p. 13

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