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.


Data protection in the age of SWIFT, PNR, Prüm and e-justice, Trier

This conference provides the opportunity to discuss a number of current issues, such as:

  • What kind of technology for the collection, analysis and exchange of data will be necessary to achieve effective law-enforcement?
  • How can these needs be accommodated under the "EU information exchange model"?
  • What is the future of EU-US data exchange after the controversy over SWIFT, also with a view to the exchange of Passenger Name Records and the general agreement on data protection?
  • What is the impact of the ECJ decision on the independence of data protection authorities in Germany?
  • What considerations from the judgment of the Bundesverfassungsgericht on data retention are relevant for data protection in all Member States?
  • How does data exchange under the 'Prüm' mechanism work in practice?
  • How will the EU legal framework for data protection evolve under the Lisbon Treaty?

More information on ERA's website.



3rd Workshop on Data Protection in International Organisations, Florence

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), in cooperation with the European University Institute (EUI), will organise the third Data Protection Workshop on International Organisations on 27 and 28 May 2010 at Theatre, Badia Fiesolana, European University Institute in Florence, Italy. This workshop, bringing together various international organisations as well as professors in a separate academic session, aims to tackle some of the pervasive issues concerning privacy and data protection that exist today. 

More information.


Festival of Europe in Brussels - Open Day of the European institutions

Visitors filling in the EDPS quiz during EU Open Day

On Saturday from 11.00 am to 03.00 pm, the staff of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) welcomed visitors at their information stand in the EP Parliament (ASP Building, Main Street). At the EDPS information stand the visitors were invited to participate to a quiz on data protection issues. The event was organised in the framework of the Open Day of the European institutions.

Within the correct answers, a random draw has awarded 10 secure USB keys to the winners.

Below is the quiz with the correct answers.

Available languages: English

3rd International Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference, Brussels

The conference on "Computers, Privacy and Data Protection – CPDP 2010" aims to create a bridge between policymakers, academics, practitioners and activists, exchange ideas and discuss emerging issues of information technology, privacy, data protection and law.

This year’s conference theme is "An Element of Choice" as a reference to the many options open for data protection policy.

Members of the EDPS secretariat have taken part to panel discussions. Peter Hustinx has provided the concluding notes to the conference.

More information:


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:

Available languages: English