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Reinventing the trainee conference in times of COVID-19

Monday, 13 Juli, 2020

Upon the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, our everyday life changed to the extent that we were afraid that components of our Europe would be stolen from us forever.Our trainees managed to organise a successful and insightful webinar on privacy and data protection, highlighting that the pillars of democratic systems based on the rule of law should be preserved and prove their resilience vis-à-vis an emergency.

Inevitably, the subject of their webinar affected by the reality of COVID-19, focused on the repercussions of this global health crisis on the fundamental right to data protection.

Our trainees explain their experience and provide further details on the outcome of the debate.

Here is their story.

Wojciech Wiewiórowski


Shaping a Safer Digital Future: a new Strategy for a new decade

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Wojciech Wiewiórowski, published his Strategy for 2020-2024, which will focus on Digital Solidarity. In a connected world, where data flows across borders, solidarity within Europe and internationally will help to strengthen the right to data protection and make data work for people across the EU and beyond, he said.


Joint FRA & EDPS statement: EU rights and data protection bodies: new technology and data protection have to go hand in hand

As EU countries continue rolling out new coronavirus contact-tracing apps, the data protection and privacy risks remain high on the agenda. Amid these developments, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) renew their cooperation agreement today to further strengthen data protection across the EU. Both FRA and EDPS argue that respect for fundamental rights, including privacy and data protection, has to be centre stage to make tracing apps, or any other technology, a success.

Data Protection, Virtually

Friday, 8 Mai, 2020

Since the last meeting of the network of data protection officers (DPOs) in the EU institutions and bodies (EUIs), in Florence on 7 November 2019, our lives have changed dramatically.

Our way of living and working has been disrupted as governments put in place measures to halt the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

A post Covid-19 Future: #Solidarity #FreedomofMovement #DataProtection

Saturday, 9 Mai, 2020

‘Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity’.
Robert Schuman, 9 May 1950
There are events in history that help societies and civilization to move forward, that inspire ideas that shape humankind.  Today we celebrate Europe and the foundation that is the Schuman declaration. The declaration set in motion the process of European integration and inspired a whole new era of cooperation between countries, based on the preservation of peace.

Carrying the torch in times of darkness

Thursday, 30 April, 2020

The outbreak of Covid-19 is affecting our lives at an unprecedented pace. It is testing the resilience of our societies as we respond to this global crisis and try to contain its consequences, both in the short and in the long run.


EDPS closes investigation into European Parliament’s 2019 election activities

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has closed its investigation into the European Parliament’s use of a US-based political campaigning company to process personal data as part of its activities relating to the 2019 EU parliamentary elections. The contract between the European Parliament and NationBuilder came to a natural end in July 2019 and all data collected has been transferred to the European Parliament’s servers, the EDPS announced today.

The moment you realise the world has changed: re-thinking the EDPS Strategy

Friday, 20 März, 2020

When we started our work on the Strategy for the five-year mandate of the European Data Protection Supervisor, one of the first issues we discussed was whether it should be either a living document, ready to be changed or adjusted, or a robust, future-proof plan. 


EDSB-Jahresbericht 2019: neue EU-Datenschutzvorschriften müssen zu zugesagten Ergebnissen führen

Da nun neue Rechtsvorschriften zum Datenschutz in der EU in Kraft sind, besteht unsere größte Herausforderung in der Zeit ab 2020 darin, dafür zu sorgen, dass diese Rechtsvorschriften zu den versprochenen Ergebnissen führen, erklärte der Europäische Datenschutzbeauftragte (EDSB) heute bei der Veröffentlichung seines Jahresberichts 2019.


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