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.
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.
Third European Data Protection Day
The Member States of the Council of Europe, as well as the European institutions and bodies celebrated Data Protection Day for the third time.
To mark the event, just as the two previous years, the EDPS held an information stand on three consecutive days in the European Commission (26 January), the Council (27 January) and the European Parliament (28 January).
The event gave 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. A number of communication tools, multimedia material and information brochures have been made available as a support.
A quiz on both the EDPS and Data Protection Officers' respective roles was also made available on the spot. A random draw determined the winners of USB keys.
- European Commission: Monday 26 January ; 11.30 - 16.00 Berlaymont Building , main entrance hall
- Council: 27 January ; 11.30 - 16.00
Justus Lipsius Building, Atrium
- European Parliament: 28 January 2008 ; 11.30 - 16.00
ASP Building , main street
The EDPS quiz designed for the Data Protection Day 2009 is now available. The right answers are:
1.a) 2.b) 3.b) 4.c) 5.c) 6.c)
EDPS participation to European Schoolnet Data Protection Competition
To celebrate Data Protection Day on 28 January 2009, European Schoolnet has launched a video competition, targeting young people from 15 to 19 years old, to encourage reflection on privacy and data protection. Participants were invited to express their thoughts and concerns about the use of their personal information in a 30-90 second video on the theme “Surf the internet – think Privacy” and to upload it before the 20 January 2009. Representatives from winning teams were invited in Brussels to attend the Data Protection Ceremony on 28 January 2009 at the European Parliament.
The European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx, took part to this event by serving as a member of the jury and providing his conclusions and closing remarks in connection with the panel discussion at the event.
The Data Protection Competition was organised by European Schoolnet (www.eun.org) with the support of Microsoft.
Second European Data Protection Day
Initiative of the Council of Europe
Interviews with Mr. Peter Hustinx, EDPS, on YouTube
Peter Hustinx comments on the speeches by Peter Fleischer and Alexander Alvaro (at CEPS-Google panel discussion "Online Privacy: Reconsidering Policy Options for the Digital Age" on 10 October 2007 in Brussels, Belgium).
EDPS information stand in the Institutions - Quiz
The visitors of our stand in the Institutions on 28, 29 and 30 January were invited to participate to a quiz concerning data protection in the EU institutions and bodies.
Within the correct answers, there was a lottery for USB key gifts (10 USB keys were awarded).