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.


EU Open Day 2018 - 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. It is the job of the EDPS to ensure that the European institutions and bodies respect your data protection rights when they process your personal data.

The EDPS 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 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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Data Protection Day 2018

On 28 January each year, member states of the Council of Europe and EU institutions, agencies and bodies celebrate Data Protection Day, which marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe’s data protection convention, known as “Convention 108”. This was the first binding international law concerning individuals’ rights to the protection of their personal data.

This year to mark the occasion, the trainees of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) held a lunchtime conference focusing on data protection and digital ethics in the realm of dating apps. The conference took place on 12 February 2018 between 12 noon and 2.30pm in the European Parliament and was open to trainees working at the European institutions.

You can watch the recording of the conference here.

Conference programme
Available languages: English

Computers, Privacy and Data Protection 2018: The Internet of Bodies

The annual Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) conference will take place from 24-26 January 2018 at Les Halles de Schaerbeek in Brussels.

CPDP offers the cutting edge in legal, regulatory, academic and technological development in privacy and data protection. Striving for diversity and balance, CPDP gathers academics, lawyers, practitioners, policy-makers, computer scientists and civil society from all over the world to exchange ideas and discuss the latest emerging issues and trends. This unique multidisciplinary formula has served to make CPDP one of the leading data protection and privacy conferences in Europe and around the world.

As data collection increasingly focuses on the physical body and bodies are increasingly connected, digitised and informatised; CPDP2018 adopts the “Internet of Bodies” as its overarching theme to pave the way for a timely and thorough discussion over a broad range of ethical, legal and policy issues related to new technologies. CPDP2018 will stage more than 80 panels addressing current debates in the area of information technology, privacy and data protection. The preliminary programme for CPDP2018 has been released and the line-up contains excellent panels. Session topics range from the implementation of the GDPR, wearables, IoT, blockchain, border control to data breaches, privacy and security by design, health data, algorithmic accountability and much more.

CPDP is also an extraordinary networking opportunity to mix and mingle with the privacy and data protection community.

Information, programme and registration: or contact

You can also follow CPDP on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and participate in the online conversation using the hashtag #CPDP2018


EDPS-Civil Society Summit 2018

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

The 2018 edition will focus on two main issues:

  • challenges related to GDPR implementation related to individual and collective redress
  • monitoring of illegal content online: notice and action procedures.

The summit is a part of the Privacy Camp 2018.

You can follow the event on our Twitter account and participate in the online conversation using the hashtags #EDPSCivSoc2016 and

Available languages: English

39th International Conference

Hong Kong will host the 39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC), which is set to take place at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel from 25-29 September 2017. The conference is an annual event which brings together more than one hundred privacy and data protection authorities from across the world to discuss the future of data protection and privacy. It consists of a closed session, for accredited members of the ICDPPC only, as well as an open session, which all members of the international data protection community are welcome to attend.

This year's conference will focus on the theme of connecting the West with the East, addressing the different concepts and regulations relating to privacy in the East and West and the applicability of western models of data protection in Asia and elsewhere.

For more information on the 2017 International Conference, visit the website.  

In 2018, the International Conference will return to Europe, where the EDPS and the Commission for Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Bulgaria will take over as joint hosts of the International Conference. For more information read the joint Press Statement.


Thinking local, acting global: exploring common values that underpin privacy

"Thinking local, acting global, exploring common values that underpin privacy", side event organised by the EDPS, the UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy and Digital Asia Hub at the 39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC), Hong Kong, China

Side Event Agenda
Available languages: English