European Data Protection Supervisor
Der Europäische Datenschutzbeauftragte



Sharing is caring? That depends…

Friday, 13 Dezember, 2019

When should data be shared? Now seems as good a time as any to reflect, as we approach the season of giving, on such a question.

Data Protection in Practice: The European Data Protection Case Handling Workshop

Tuesday, 10 Dezember, 2019

At the end of last month, the EDPS had the privilege of hosting the 31st edition of the annual European Data Protection Case Handling Workshop at which we welcomed colleagues from 28 EU and non-EU data protection authorities.

The unique set up of the workshop is an opportunity to meet a wide array of practitioners and to share our experiences of investigating complaints, providing guidance to controllers and enforcing data protection law.

Archiving and Accountability: the 46th EDPS-DPO meeting

Friday, 8 November, 2019

Where better to discuss the important issue of archiving and data protection than the Historical Archives of the European Union in Florence! This was the location of the 46th meeting of Data Protection Officers (DPOs) within the EU institutions and bodies, which took place on 6 and 7 November 2019.

EDPS – Civil Society Organizations Summit: a fond tradition continues

Wednesday, 6 November, 2019

Along with EDRi, we are pleased to announce that this year we will host the fifth edition of the EDPS - Civil Society Summit, as a part of the Privacy Camp, an annual conference organized the day before the beginning of the famous CPDP Conference.

Facial recognition: A solution in search of a problem?

Monday, 28 Oktober, 2019

“Be water”. This is the evocative and enigmatic phrase of the current mask-wearing protestors in Hong-Kong. It seems to represent the fight of citizens for the right to be shapeless and anonymous among the crowd, including when exercising the right to protest, versus surveillance by the state authorities.

Llanto por la muerte de Giovanni Buttarelli

Tuesday, 3 September, 2019

Desde que se hizo pública la noticia del fallecimiento de Giovanni Buttarelli, he recibido más de un centenar de mensajes de condolencias, la mayoría en inglés, pero muchos también en español, desde España y desde Iberoamérica. Por eso, escribo este modesto tributo a su memoria en la lengua de Cervantes, para significar que la comunidad española e iberoamericana de protección también llora su pérdida.

I have lost an older brother

Monday, 2 September, 2019

I have lost an older brother.

An older brother is someone you watch, follow, copy and of whom you feel. Whom you want to show you are mature enough, but you know you still need a lot of time to catch up.

Inviting new perspectives in data protection

Wednesday, 31 Juli, 2019

The European Data Protection Supervisor has invited three staff members who have recently joined the institution to share their own thoughts on various topics of interest. In this way, the European Data Protection Supervisor wishes to stimulate the exchange of ideas and perspectives in the field of data protection and beyond.

Brain Plugs and the Evolution of Privacy – by Leon Rossmaier

Can We Trust Our Artificial Eyes?

Thursday, 11 Juli, 2019

Every group of trainees that comes to work with us at the EDPS organises their own conference on a topic of interest. These events are a platform for the younger generation to share fresh – and sometimes provocative! – ideas. For this conference, the team chose a timely and exciting subject – the potential consequences of technological enhancements to our bodies for human rights and privacy.

Top of the class: the EDPS goes back to school!

Thursday, 4 Juli, 2019

It may come as a surprise to some of you, given how fresh-faced and youthful I appear, but it has been some time now since I was at school! Indeed, there was a time when life was a lot less digital, and when the GDPR was just a distant dream. How times have changed!

Building a better understanding of the EU and of data protection issues among citizens starts with young people. I am therefore delighted that this year, for the first time, the EDPS participated in the EU’s Back to School initiative.