European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Transfers of data

Transfers of data

The transfer of personal data outside of the EU is only allowed under certain conditions as set out in Directive 95/46/EC and also in the General Data Protection Regulation which will be fully applicable as of May 2018. If a country is deemed by the European Commission to offer an adequate level of protection, it will be subject to the same rules as an EU Member State, which means that the recipient of the data in that state will not be obliged to take specific measures to allow for the transfer. Transferring data to a country without an adequacy decision requires appropriate safeguards, such as standard contractual clauses or binding corporate rules. Derogations to this rule can be obtained in very specific cases. The European Data Protection Board, of which the EDPS is a member, will provide the Commission with Opinions on this subject.

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07/10/2015
7
Oct
2015

Keynote address at Annual Privacy Forum 2015

Keynote address by Giovanni Buttarelli to ENISA Annual Privacy Forum 2015, Luxembourg.

08/07/2015
8
Jul
2015

EU-Switzerland agreement on the automatic exchange of tax information

Opinion on the EU-Switzerland agreement on the automatic exchange of tax information

03/07/2015
3
Jul
2015

Risk Analysis - Frontex

Opinion on a notification for prior checking received from the Data Protection Officer of Frontex concerning the Processing of Personal Data for Risk Analysis (PeDRA) (Case 2015-0346)

Update of the notification for prior checking opinion received from the Data Protection Office of Frontex PDF icon
02/07/2015
2
Jul
2015

2014 Annual Report - EU Data Protection Reform: a historic opportunity for Europe

2014 was a year of transition for the EDPS, marked by the delayed selection and appointment of a new Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor. Despite the resulting uncertainty, the EDPS under the calm authority and tireless efforts of Peter Hustinx, whose 10-year tenure as EDPS drew to a close in 2014, continued to make significant progress in mainstreaming data protection in EU policymaking.

Building on this legacy, the EDPS' priorities for 2015, as part of the five year strategy of the dynamic team of new Supervisors, is to help the EU to speak with one voice on data protection to uphold the rights and interests of the individual in our digitalised society. To this end, the adoption of the data protection reform will be a significant milestone for Europe and an important message to the rest of the world.

Full text of the Annual Report:PDF icon
05/06/2015
5
Jun
2015

Anti-fraud investigations and data protection in the EU

Speech given by Giovanni Buttarelli at the European Anti-Fraud Congress, Brussels

07/04/2015
7
Apr
2015

Single Supervisory Mechanism - European Central Bank

Opinion relating to the prior checking notification concerning the handling of personal data during the different stages of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) performance feedback process at the European Central Bank (Case 2015-0016)

23/01/2015
23
Jan
2015
31/10/2014
31
Oct
2014

Newsletter Nr. 43

The October 2014 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers the upcoming appointment of a new team of EDPS Supervisors, the EDPS Position Paper on international data transfers and many other EDPS activities.

14/07/2014
14
Jul
2014

Transfer of personal data to third countries

The transfer of personal data to third countries and international organisations by EU institutions and bodies

14/03/2014
14
Mar
2014

EU-China Joint Customs Cooperation Committee

Opinion on the proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, in the EU-China Joint Customs Cooperation Committee regarding mutual recognition of the Authorised Economic Operator Programme in the European Union and the Measures on Classified Management of Enterprises Program in the People’s Republic of China

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11/03/2014
11
Mar
2014

Application of the law on customs and agricultural matters

Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 515/97 of 13 March 1997 on mutual assistance between the administrative authorities of the Member States and cooperation between the latter and the Commission to ensure the correct application of the law on customs and agricultural matters    

21/02/2014
21
Feb
2014

EDPS: Enforcing EU data protection law essential for rebuilding trust between EU-US

The strict enforcement of existing European data protection laws is an essential element for restoring trust between the EU and the USA said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today.

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"    

17/02/2014
17
Feb
2014

Risk analysis for fraud prevention and detection in the management of ESF and ERDF - EC

Opinion of 17 February 2014 on a notification for Prior Checking received from the Data Protection Officer of the European Commission regarding the "Risk analysis for fraud prevention and detection in the management of ESF and ERDF" - ARACHNE (Case 2013-0340)

13/02/2014
13
Feb
2014

Investigative Data Consultation Platform - OLAF

EDPS Decision concerning the transfers of personal data carried out by OLAF through the Investigative Data Consultation Platform pursuant to Article 9(7) of Regulation (EC) No 45/2001

Annex - Draft Administrative Cooperation Arrangement between the "European Anti-Fraud Office" (OLAF) and [The Partner]PDF icon
16/01/2014
16
Jan
2014

Urgent reform of EU data protection framework is essential for a connected continent

The German government has been urged to take the lead in pushing forward the reform of the EU rules on data protection by Peter Hustinx, in the last speech of his mandate as European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), in Bonn, Germany.

16/12/2013
16
Dec
2013

Staff evaluation - EIT

Opinion of 16 December 2013 on a notification for prior-checking regarding staff evaluation for the probationary period at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) (Case 2013-0813)

30/09/2013
30
Sep
2013

Passenger Name Record data - Agreement between Canada and the European Union

Opinion on the Proposals for Council Decisions on the conclusion and the signature of the Agreement between Canada and the European Union on the transfer and processing of Passenger Name Record data

10/09/2013
10
Sep
2013

Establishment of rights upon appointment or departure of staff - F4E

Letter on the prior checking notification of the establishment of rights and entitlements upon departure of staff (Case 2013-0728) and the establishment of rights upon recruitment/appointment of staff at Fusion for Energy (Case 2013-0729)

18/07/2013
18
Jul
2013

Investigative Data Consultation Platform - OLAF

Opinion of 18 July 2013 on the notification for prior checking from the Data Protection Officer of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) regarding the Investigative Data Consultation Platform (Case 2012-0280)

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