The Supervisor participates in a wide range of conferences and meetings. He is also invited to contribute editorials to newspapers, magazines and journals. You can find his speeches and articles, as well as our speaking engagements policy, in this section.


"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
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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.


EDPS workshop on video-surveillance, Brussels

The EDPS published the first consultation draft of his video-surveillance guidelines on 7 July 2009. Data Protection Officers of the European institutions and bodies and other stakeholders were invited to comment on these guidelines by 15 September 2009. The EDPS held a workshop on 30 September with a view to elicit further feedback to improve the draft Guidelines and increase cooperation to ensure compliance with data protection principles.


EESC Public hearing on social networking

Giovanni Buttarelli participated to a public hearing organised by the European Economic and Social Committee on the "Impact of social networking websites".

Chaired by Ms Brenda King, this event brought together more than 50 persons representing the industry, various stakeholders' associations and NGOs, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the Committee of the Regions (CoR), the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), the European Commission and other European Union institutions, in a lively debate on the pros and cons of social networking sites.


EU Open Day 2009

On Saturday 9 May from 11.00 a.m. to 16.00, the staff of European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) welcomed visitors at their information stand in the EP Parliament (ASP Building, Main Street). The event was organised in the framework of the Open Day at the European Institutions. The Schumann roundabout hosted a large number of different activities.

The visitors were invited to participate to a quiz concerning data protection. Within the correct answers, a lottery awarded 20 USB keys.

You will find the quiz below with the correct answers.

Available languages: English