European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Civil society organisations as natural allies of the data protection authorities

Tuesday, 15 May, 2018

Earlier this year , we met with the European civil liberties organizations to discuss the state of data protection and privacy in the EU. This ‘EDPS-Civil Society (CSO) Summit’ is becoming a fond tradition I believe on both sides.  I will meet a number of these good people again for the RightsCon event, this year to be held in Toronto 16-18 May, where I will be part of a panel on the ‘global state of data protection’

'Accept and continue': billions are clocking into digital sweat factories without realising it

Monday, 30 April, 2018

The digital information ecosystem farms people for their attention, ideas and data in exchange for so called 'free' services. Unlike their analogue equivalents, these sweatshops of the connected world extract more than one's labour, and while clocking into the online factory is effortless it is often impossible to clock off.


EDPS calls for wider debate on the future of information sharing in the EU

The EU needs a smarter approach to information sharing in order to address challenges relating to security and border management. Interoperability, the process of enabling large-scale EU databases to communicate and exchange information, might prove a useful tool, but it is also likely to have profound legal and societal consequences, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today, as he published his

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield two years on

Monday, 26 March, 2018

Where I come from, we have a pleasing little idiom: conoscere i propri polli – literally, to know one’s own chickens.  It means to have an intimate appreciation of a character or a familiar situation. We in Europe certainly need to get better acquainted with our own way of safeguarding public security, as the ongoing debate on international commercial data flows illustrates.



EDPS helping EU institutions to prepare for new chapter in EU data protection

Two months before the new data protection rules set out in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) become applicable, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has published two new sets of Guidelines. The Guidelines provide advice to the EU institutions on how to adapt to this new chapter in EU data protection, which is notable for the emphasis it places on the principle of accountability.


Data Protection and Privacy in 2018: Going beyond the GDPR

2018 will be a landmark year for data protection. As co-host of the 2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) and a key player in the reform and implementation of the new EU data protection framework, the EDPS will remain at the forefront of the global dialogue on data protection and privacy in the digital age, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today, as he presented his 2017 Annual Report to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).


EDPS advocates an extension of the scope of protection afforded to individuals’ interests in the digital society

The ever-increasing pervasiveness of big data analytics and artificial intelligence in our daily lives has a varied impact on civic engagement in decision-making and on the barriers to public involvement in democratic processes, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) says today as he publishes his Opinion.

Accountability in practice: Preparing for new data protection rules in the EU institutions

Thursday, 1 February, 2018

25 May 2018 is not only GDPR day.
It is also scheduled to be the day on which a new Regulation (the new 45) governing data processing by the European Institutions, Bodies and Agencies (EUIs), will become applicable, replacing the current Regulation (EC) No. 45/2001.

Time running out to ensure effective data protection in the EU institutions

Monday, 22 January, 2018

25 May 2018 will mark an important milestone in the history of data protection with the full application of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Together with the Data Protection Directive for police and criminal justice authorities, the GDPR will set the standard for personal data processing for many years to come.

Less is sometimes more

Monday, 18 December, 2017

We are approaching the holiday season, a period of excess and over-indulgence followed by doomed resolutions to live more healthily and frugally in the New Year.

Data protection of course has always been about dignity and restraint. It is based on the idea that respect for humans means being careful with what you do with information about them. 


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