European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

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 March, 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. 


EDPS Annual Report 2019: new EU data protection rules must produce promised result

With new legislation on data protection in the EU now in place, our greatest challenge moving into 2020 and beyond is to ensure that this legislation produces the promised results, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today, as he published his 2019 Annual Report.

AI and Facial Recognition: Challenges and Opportunities

Friday, 21 February, 2020

We know that a substantial amount of data is processed to fuel and improve the machine learning algorithms at the heart of Artificial Intelligence (AI). And we are aware of the rapidly increasing precision and capabilities of ubiquitous surveillance equipment.

The AI Conundrum: Governance and Supervision

Wednesday, 12 February, 2020

If you believe everything you read in the papers or see in films, artificial intelligence (AI) is either going to be the saviour or the downfall of the world as we know it. While we’re not yet witnessing either extreme, it is not under dispute that the various applications of AI raise a number of challenges for those defending the rights and freedoms of individuals.

The Circle of e-Life - A Lifetime Relationship with your Data

Tuesday, 28 January, 2020

It’s a common myth that a trainee’s daily routine consists of making cups of coffee and photocopies. Here at the EDPS, however, that myth couldn’t be further from the truth.

One of the many important tasks we entrust our trainees with is the industrious task of organising a conference on a data protection issue of their choice.

Sharing investigative expertise - a seconded national expert’s experience of the EDPS

Monday, 13 January, 2020

The EDPS is lucky to benefit from the expertise of seconded national experts. These are data protection experts employed by an EU Member State’s national Data Protection Authority (DPAs) who are seconded to work with one of the teams at the EDPS for an extended period. The secondment process allows for a productive exchange of perspectives and knowledge between national DPAs and the EDPS, paving the way for smoother future cooperation.


TechDispatch #3: Connected Cars

TechDispatch #3 is available here.


EDPS publishes new Proportionality Guidelines aimed at making privacy-friendly policymaking easier

New European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Guidelines on assessing proportionality aim to provide policymakers with practical tools to help assess the compliance of proposed EU measures that would impact the fundamental rights to privacy and the protection of personal data with the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Data Protection Supervisor said today, as he published the Guidelines.


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