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.
The EU institutions and bodies make decisions and adopt legislation that affect the lives of all those living in its Member States. The decisions affecting them must be taken as openly as possible. You have the right to know why, how and who is involved in making these decisions and laws. You also have the fundamental right of access to the documents prepared in these activities.
Similarly, transparency is a core principle in data protection. You have the right to know which of your personal data are collected, used, consulted or otherwise processed and to what extent the personal data are or will be processed.
Opinion on the proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 on the financing of the common agricultural policy (COM(2007) 122 final), OJ C 134, 16.06.2007, p. 1
Opinion on proposals for amending the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities and its Implementing Rules (COM(2006) 213 final and SEC(2006) 866 final), OJ C 94, 28.04.2007, p. 12