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Data Protection Day - 4th edition



The Member States of the Council of Europe and the European institutions and bodies celebrated the European Data Protection Day for the fourth time on 28 January 2010. This date marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe's Convention 108 on the protection of personal data, the first legally binding international instrument related to the field of data protection.

The event gives the EDPS and Data Protection Officers the opportunity to focus on raising awareness among the EU staff about their rights and obligations regarding data protection - these rights and obligations are set out in the Data Protection Regulation, the implementation of which is supervised by the EDPS.

 To mark the event, a one-day information stand was set up on three consecutive days in the main institutions:

  • Council: 26 January 2009; 11.30 - 15.00
    Justus Lipsius Building, Atrium
  • European Commission: 27 January 2009; 11.30 - 15.00
    Berlaymont building , main entrance hall (Piazza, close to the restaurant)
  • European Parliament: 28 January 2009; 11.30 - 15.00
    ASP building, main street

Visitors were invited to participate to a quiz concerning data protection. Within the correct answers, a lottery awarded 10 USB keys. You will find the quiz below with the correct answers.

Peter Hustinx also spoke at a lunchtime debate entitled "Privacy and data protection: how does it affect you?" on 28 January. The presentation was mainly aimed at staff members from the European Commission and took place in DG Admin (Guimard).

Data protection quiz:

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"Think privacy" - Data Protection Day, Brussels

"Think privacy" is a campaign initiated by European Schoolnet and Microsoft in view of Data Protection Day, celebrated every year on 28 January.

This second edition of the campaign features a Europe-wide “Think Privacy” contest where 15 - 19 year olds are invited to create and submit a short "multi-media poster’" This year’s theme is “Privacy is a Human Right – treat it with care”. Winners were selected by an eminent jury and invited to spend three days in Brussels to attend a special Data Protection Day award ceremony on 28 January 2010 that was also framed by keynotes of prominent policy makers.

Peter Hustinx, EDPS, served as a member of the jury and provided the conclusions and closing remarks to the event.

The ceremony has also served as an opening event for the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference that took place over the next two days and went into more detail in terms of policy discussions.

For more information:


Workshop on "Privacy by Design", Madrid

The European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx, contributed to an international workshop on “Privacy by Design” on Monday 2 November 2009 in Madrid. The workshop was hosted by Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada, and Yoram Hacohen, head of the Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority, as part of an international effort to promote “Privacy by Design” as a promising concept in an increasingly technology dependent world. The workshop took place just before the 31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (Madrid, 3-6 November 2009). 

More information is available at

Speech of Peter Hustinx
Verfügbare Sprachen: Englisch, Französisch

"Responding to data breaches" Seminar, Brussels

The EDPS, together with the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) hosted a seminar on "Responding to Data Breaches" in the European Parliament.

The seminar was devoted to three main objectives, which correspond to the "life cycle of data breach": 

  • sharing and exploring best practices for preventing and mitigating the occurrence of data breaches from a data controller point of view;
  • exchanging best practices developed by data protections authorities, as well as institutional and industry stakeholders on how to manage security breaches, including the development of procedures aimed at investigating breaches;
  • gathering experience on data breach notification management from other sectors and from non-EU Member States.
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Introductory remarks of Peter Hustinx
Verfügbare Sprachen: Englisch, Französisch
Speech of Commissioner Viviane Reding
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Speakers' presentations (in zip format)
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Data protection in criminal proceedings - 2nd edition

In the framework of the "Criminal Justice" Programme of the European Commission and in close cooperation with the Council of Europe, the University of Castilla-La Mancha organised the second edition of the Workshops on Data Protection in Criminal Proceedings.

The main objective of the workshops was to facilitate the knowledge of the principles, rights and proceedings of data protection in the particular field of the criminal investigations against serious forms of crime.

The EDPS is a partner of the "Data Protection in Criminal Proceedings – DPiCP Project". Peter Hustinx delivered the closing speech and Giovanni Buttarelli chaired two workshops sessions.