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.


EDPS-Civil Society Summit 2020

The EDPS-Civil society summit is an annual meeting between the EDPS and civil society organisations organized to discuss the state of data protection and privacy in the EU.

The 2020 edition will focus on a number of issues relating facial recognition, biometric surveillance technologies and its effects on activists
in the EU.

The Summit is part of Privacy Camp 2020.

Register here.

You can follow the event on our Twitter account and participate in the conversation using the hashtag #PrivacyCamp20.


Data Protection Certification Model - From risk management to accountability tools. The European transposition of the GDPR

The European Commission study on certifications provided national authorities and the EDPB with indications and clarifications on methodologies, rules, roles and responsibilities and on international standardization norms.

With the principles of awareness and accountability, strongly recalled by the GDPR, the Controller is called to "ensure" and be able to "demonstrate" that the processing operation is compliant with the regulation. What to do to achieve that? What elements should be considered? How to manage the implied risks?

Risk is a crosscutting concept in the Regulation, embracing the risk for rights and freedom and the risk for processing operations. How can it be managed? Are Risk assessment and DPIA models consistent?

The certification, introduced by the articles 42 and 43 and indicated by the above mentioned Commission study, provided powerful tools for demonstrating compliance with the GDPR. Regulation 2016/679 has identified ISO/IEC 17065: 2012 as the norm for accreditation of certification bodies, supported by the EDPB guidelines 4/2018. Why this standard and not another?

With the newly defined EU Wide Certification Models, the issue has affected the entire European panorama, placing institutions in front of a cultural and operational transposition problem: how to certify? What controls for those who certify? Which competences for auditors?

The debate analysed the current opportunities at European level in the area of certifications, through the words of the Tilburg researchers, the representatives of the EDPB, the EDPS and of the Osservatorio 679 board.



Patrizia Toia, MEP, IT S&D
Nicola Danti, MEP, IT S&D

10:00 – 10:10 Opening remarks by Roberto Viola, Director General DG Connect, European Commission
10:10 – 10:20 A memory of Giovanni Buttarelli by Gianluca Buttarelli
10:20 – 10:30 Introduction, Riccardo Giannetti, Osservatorio679 President

Part 1: From risk assessment to accountability tools

10:30 – 10:50 | Eric Lachaud University of Tilburg, the Commission Study on Art.42 and 43 of the GDPR EC Study on article 42/43 – Main takeaways from market scan

10:50 – 11:10 | Marco Moreschini, Osservatorio 679 member EC study: EuroPriSe and ISDP10003, two operational examples in scope Art. 42

11:10 – 11:30 | Rosario Imperiali - Lawyer, expert on privacy and data protection law
The demonstration process and tools to demonstrate the accountability

11:30 – 11:50 | Riccardo Giannetti – Osservatorio 679 President
GDPR Risk based - specific and non-specific certifications

Part 2: Debate on Guidelines 1 - 4/2018 and Annex 1 - 2 from theory to practice

12:00 – 13:00
Riccardo Giannetti, Osservatorio679 President
Bruno Gencarelli, Head of Data Protection Unit, DG Justice, European Commission
Massimo Attoresi - Data Protecion Officer, EDPS
Rosario Imperiali - Lawyer, expert on privacy and data protection law

EC Data Protection Certification Mechanisms
Available languages: English
EuroPriSe and ISDP10003:2015 - Presentation by Marco Moreschini
Available languages: English
Tilburg Institute of Law, Technology and Society - Presentation by Eric Lachaud
Available languages: English
Data Protection Certification - Presentation by Riccardo Giannetti
Available languages: English
Accountability - Presentation by Rosario Imperiali
Available languages: English

Can We Trust Our Artificial Eyes? Data Protection in the Age of Human Enhancement

The European Data Protection Supervisor and European Data Protection Board hold their trainee conference on 11 July 2019 at 12:00 - 14:00 in room 01P100 of the Wilfried Martens Building in Brussels.

In the face of technological innovations that could transform the human body and mind, debates over the future of data protection and privacy are more important than ever. Bio-implants and body-integrated microchips have the potential to enhance and extend human capabilities, while the growth of the Internet of Things could link these devices with human beings as part of a global interconnected system. A primary issue around the debate on enhancement technologies relates to surveillance, control and profiling of individuals.

The European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, and the Assistant Supervisor, Wojciech Wiewiórowski, will give their views, alongside an expert panel discussing how these technical developments affect our conception of humanity and possible issues relating to privacy and data protection.



Data Protection and Competitiveness in the Digital Age

The European Data Protection Supervisor and Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information of Germany jointly organize the panel discussion on "Data Protection and Competitiveness in the Digital Age" on the 9th of July 2019 in Brussels.

The digital economy has brought to the forefront the role of data which represent value for the tech industry but raise issues in terms consumer protection. As business models increasingly rely on large amount of personal data the discussion will look at the intersection between data protection and competition policy.

This initiative is hosted by the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union.

By invitation only.

Link to the video recording (on YouTube).

Joint Press Statement


EU Open Day 2019 - Brussels

Your personal information is collected, shared, used and stored by individuals, organisations and public authorities every day. Recruitment activities, video surveillance and health data collection are just a few examples of this. The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) monitors and ensures the protection of personal data and privacy when EU institutions and bodies process personal data. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) contributes to the consistent application of data protection rules throughout the European Union, and promotes cooperation between the EEA data protection authorities.

The EDPS and EDPB stand will be at the European Commission as part of the EU institutions' Europe Day celebrations.

Located on the ground floor of the Berlaymont building, EDPS and EDPB staff will be on hand to answer questions about your privacy rights and how to protect your personal information. Free goodies and information will be on offer, as well as fun and interactive activities for both children and adults to enjoy. You will also have a chance to win one of 20 USB sticks, simply by taking part in our fun, simple quiz!

Whether shopping online, using a smartphone or applying for jobs, data protection affects us all, so be sure to visit our stand to find out more!

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