European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Events

Events

The Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor participate in a wide range of conferences and meetings. They are also invited to contribute editorials to newspapers, magazines and journals. You can find their speeches and articles, as well as our speaking engagements policy, in this section.

28/01/2013
28
Jan
2013

EDPS round table of the Smart borders package and data protection implications, Brussels

As part of his Strategy for excellence 2013/2014, the EDPS organised a workshop dedicated to the Smart Borders package. The aim of the round table was to share experiences from countries that implemented similar systems and to have a debate on the implications for data protection of both legislative proposals.

The EDPS will in the coming months issue an opinion on the Smart Borders package.

Summary of the meeting:PDF icon
28/01/2013
28
Jan
2013

European Data Protection Day

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Everyday, personal information is collected, shared and used by individuals, organisations and public authorities. Recruiting activities, video surveillance, health data collection are just a few examples.

47 countries countries of the Council of Europe as well as European institutions, agencies and bodies will celebrate the seventh European Data Protection Day. This date marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention 108 on the protection of personal information, the first legally binding international instrument related to the field of data protection.

This annual event will again be an opportunity for the EDPS and Data Protection Officers from EU institutions to focus on raising awareness among EU staff and others on their data protection rights and obligations. These rights and obligations are set out in the EU Data Protection Regulation and their implementation within the EU administration is supervised by the EDPS.

A short film is available. This is an entertaining and informative way to highlight some of the data protection rights and risks that are inherent in our everyday lives.

To commemorate Data Protection Day the EDPS, in cooperation with the European Parliament, have organised a joint conference What will the data protection reform change for EU officials and citizens? Peter Hustinx, Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant Supervisor and Mr. Paul De Hert, Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels will take part in the panel discussion.

Don't miss A look inside, an original art exhibition centred on privacy and presented by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and The Privacy Commission of Belgium. Recently opened at De Markten in Brussels the exhibition presents the work of young European artists, who use their artistic expression to provoke discussions about privacy and its relevance in modern day life. The exhibition is open until 03.02.2013. Read the speech of Peter Hustinx given during the reception at the Exhibition.

23/01/2013
23
Jan
2013

6th International Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference, Brussels

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Every year the CPDP gathers in Brussels policy makers, academics, computer scientists, consultants, practitioners and activists from all over the world to exchange ideas and discuss emerging issues in information technology, privacy, data protection and law.

This year's edition of the conference is entitled "Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) 2013: Reloading Data Protection". It will provide a forum to discuss such important topics as cyberwar, internet freedom and introduction of drones in the EU civilian airspace. The conference will also provide a forum to review the key debates surrounding the proposed data protection regulation.
Members of the EDPS secretariat will take part to panel discussions. Giovanni Buttarelli in the opening panel will speak about the proposed data protection regulation, while Peter Hustinx will provide the concluding notes of the conference.

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05/11/2012
5
Nov
2012

Data Protection in the Area of European Criminal Justice today. Reform or Status quo?

The conference organised by Academy of European Law (ERA) in cooperation with the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) will provide participants with in-depth knowledge of the current reform measures taken by the EU in the area of data protection in criminal justice as well as with an update on the state of play regarding pending issues such as Passenger Name Records (PNR) and data retention and their impact on the right to data protection. Peter Hustinx and Giovanni Buttarelli will be among the speakers.

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05/11/2012
5
Nov
2012

Data Protection in the Area of European Criminal Justice today. Reform or Status quo?

The conference organised by Academy of European Law (ERA) in cooperation with the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) will provide participants with in-depth knowledge of the current reform measures taken by the EU in the area of data protection in criminal justice as well as with an update on the state of play regarding pending issues such as Passenger Name Records (PNR) and data retention and their impact on the right to data protection. Peter Hustinx and Giovanni Buttarelli will be among the speakers.

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20/09/2012
20
Sep
2012

The proposed general Data Protection Regulation. Strenghtening the EU's Data Protections Architecture?

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This event is organised by Academy of European Law (ERA) in cooperation with the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).  It will be an excellent opportunity to discuss the most important changes expected to be introduced by the General Data Protection Regulation. The key topics will include:

  • The creation and implementation of new rights relating to the protection of data for the individual
  • The revised role of data protection authorities (DPAs)
  • Remedies, liability and sanctions
  • The expansion of administrative and judicial powers in data protection
  • The regulation of data transfer to third countries 

 

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12/05/2012
12
May
2012

Festival of Europe - European Institutions Open Day

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The EU institutions will hold a festival of Europe and conduct open days in Brussels to mark the Schuman Declaration anniversary.

The EDPS will welcome you at our information stand on European Parliament premises (Brussels, Place du Luxembourg, ASP building - main street) from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the protection of their personal data and test their knowledge in a quiz. Various awareness raising materials will also be distributed.

Visit the EDPS stand to learn more about your privacy rights and perhaps you will win one of our 20 USB sticks of 8 GB!

 

Please find below the quiz with the right answers.PDF icon
28/01/2012
28
Jan
2012

European Data Protection Day - 6th edition

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The Council of Europe adopted Convention 108, the first legally binding international instrument related to data protection. To mark this date, the European institutions and bodies and the Member States of the Council of Europe will, for the 6th time, celebrate European Data Protection Day on 28 January 2012.

The event will give the EDPS and Data Protection Officers an opportunity to raise awareness among EU staff and any other interested persons about their rights and obligations regarding data protection. These rights and obligations are set out in the EU Data Protection Regulation, the implementation of which is supervised by the EDPS.

To mark the event, a video message from Peter Hustinx, EDPS and Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant Supervisor will be circulated to EU staff members and made available on the video page of the website. The video will focus on privacy and data protection as fundamental rights and highlight the everyday processing of personal data and the risks.

The EDPS will also participate in the 5th International Conference "Computers, Privacy & Data Protection" organised by academics from all over Europe. The review of the European Data Protection Framework, Copyright enforcement and privacy, Privacy and the transborder flow of personal data are just some of the panels in which the EDPS will be participating.

The EDPS will also take part in the celebration events organised by the European Commission and the Council, as it does every year.

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02/11/2011
2
Nov
2011

33rd International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, Mexico City

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The 33rd Annual Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners took place on 1-3 November 2011  in Mexico City and was titled ‘Privacy: The Global Age’. 

The main focus of the conference was to explore ways for building the relationships and tools necessary to protect the data of individuals beyond national borders.

The activities in Mexico City started on 31 October with a preconference entitled ‘Privacy as Freedom’, followed on 1 November by two events organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada.

The conference was a great opportunity for data protection stakeholders in Europe to meet colleagues from Canada,  the United States,  Latin America, Australia, New Zealand,  China, Japan and other jurisdictions  around the world.

The closing session adopted a few resolutions, amongst which the so-called Mexico Declaration. This declaration urges selected stakeholders to effectively cooperate in order to confront the new challenges. One of the main challenges is how to effectively enforce data protection in a world of 'big data'. The list of distinguished speakers included Peter Hustinx, EDPS, and Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant Supervisor who moderated sessions of the conference.

More information on the Conference website.

07/05/2011
7
May
2011

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

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The office of the European Data Protection Supervisor will take part to the Festival of Europe organised in Brussels by the European institutions and the city of Brussels.

From 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, staff members of the EDPS will welcome visitors at their information stand in the European Parliament premises (ASP Building, "Main Street").

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the protection of their personal data and test their knowledge in a quiz. Within the correct answers, a random draw will award 20 USB sticks  of 8 GB to participants.

Visit the EDPS stand to learn more about your data protection rights!

Please find below the quiz with the right answers.PDF icon
28/01/2011
28
Jan
2011

EDPS celebrates Data Protection Day - 5th edition

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The Member States of the Council of Europe and the European institutions and bodies will celebrate European Data Protection Day for the fifth time. 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 will give the EDPS and Data Protection Officers the opportunity to focus on raising awareness among EU staff of their rights and obligations regarding data protection - these rights and obligations are set out in the EU Data Protection Regulation , the implementation of which is supervised by the EDPS.

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

  • Council: 26 January 2011; 11.00 - 15.00
    Justus Lipsius Building, Atrium
  • European Commission: 27 January 2011; 11.00 - 15.00
    Berlaymont building , main entrance hall (Piazza, close to the restaurant)
  • European Parliament: 28 January 2011; 11.00 - 15.00
    ASP building, main street

Visitors will be invited to participate to a quiz on data protection in the European administration. Within the correct answers, a prize draw will award 20 secure USB keys.

A video message of Peter Hustinx, EDPS, and Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant Supervisor, outlining the main priorities and developments in the field of data portection in 2011 has been circulated to EU staff members and made available on the Videos page of the website.

The EDPS will also participate to a serie of events, including the three-day annual Conference "Computers, Privacy & Data Protection" ("CPDP 2011") organised by academics from all over Europe, and a celebration event jointly organised by the European Commission and the Council of Europe in Brussels.

Please find below the data protection quiz with the 6 right answers.PDF icon
27/10/2010
27
Oct
2010

International Conference of Privacy and Data Protection Commissioners, Jerusalem

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The 32nd Annual Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners will take place on 27-29 October 2010 in Jerusalem. The title of the conference is “Privacy: Generations”. It refers to a new generation of technologies (like mobile devices, biometrics, RFID and cloud computing) and to a new generation of users posting personal information and communicating with friends and colleagues on social networks. This may in turn require a new generation of governance relating to privacy issues.
The programme reflects this focus on new issues and includes many of the subjects that are currently being widely discussed, such as privacy by design, accountability, behavioural targeting and the right to oblivion. The list of distinguished speakers includes three representatives of the EDPS: Peter Hustinx, Giovanni Buttarelli and Rosa Barcelo.
The activities in Jerusalem will start on 26 October with an event organised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) marking the 30th anniversary of the OECD Privacy Guidelines.

More information on the Conference website.

27/09/2010
27
Sep
2010

ICT 2010: Digitally driven, Brussels

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This biennial event has become a unique gathering point for researchers, business people, investors, and high level policy makers in the field of digital innovation. ICT 2010 will focus on policy priorities such as Europe's Digital Agenda and the 2011-2012 financial programme (€2.8 billion) of the European Union for funding research and innovation in ICT.

Come and join the EDPS at the Commission stand.

03/06/2010
3
Jun
2010

Transparency and Data Protection: Cooperating or Conflicting Elements of Good Governance? (Maastricht)

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The seminar will familiarise the participants with the various aspects of “openness and transparency and data protection” in the EU. The sessions will focus on selected aspects of particular relevance: the EU transparency initiative, public access to documents, treatment of sensitive data as well as the role of the Member States.

More information on EIPA's website.

 

31/05/2010
31
May
2010

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.

 

27/05/2010
27
May
2010

3rd Workshop on Data Protection in International Organisations, Florence

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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.

08/05/2010
8
May
2010

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.

29/01/2010
29
Jan
2010

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

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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: www.cpdpconferences.org

28/01/2010
28
Jan
2010

Data Protection Day - 4th edition

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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:

28/01/2010
28
Jan
2010

"Think privacy" - Data Protection Day, Brussels

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"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: http://dpd.eun.org/

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