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2020

Opinion on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum
30/11/2020

The EDPS publishes an opinion on the European Commission proposal on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum.

Opinion on the European Health Data Space
17/11/2020

EDPS preliminary opinion on the European Commission's "A European strategy for data" and the creation of the European Health Data Space ('EHDS').

Opinion on combatting child sexual abuse online
11/11/2020

EDPS Opinion on the European Commission proposal for temporary derogations from Directive 2002/58/EC for the purpose of combatting child sexual abuse online.

Newsletter n°83
06/11/2020

Our October newsletter is out now, find out more about the EDPS' latest activities!   

Strategy for EU institutions to comply with “Schrems II” Ruling
29/10/2020
ENISA Annual Privacy Forum
22/10/2020

Read Speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski delivered at the ENISA Annual Privacy Forum (online), Brussels, Belgium.

IPEN 2020 Contact Tracing Apps Webinar
21/10/2020

On 21 October, the EDPS will host an IPEN Webinar on: 'Contact Tracing Apps as a large scale exercise in privacy engineering'.

The event will be free, no registration needed.

European Cybersecurity Month 2020
19/10/2020

Every October at the EDPS, and all across Europe, we celebrate the European Cybersecurity Month and this year is no exception. 

Global Privacy Assembly Week
12/10/2020

'Ethics and Data Protection in Artificial Intelligence - 2 years after the Brussels Declaration', EDPS Webinar organised in the context of the 2020 GPA Closed Session.

Online Workshop: Data Protection within International Organisations 2020
08/10/2020

The EDPS hosts an online edition of the Data Protection Workshop within International Organisations, on 8 & 9 October. This year's topic is  Data protection in international organisations in times of crisis.

Newsletter n°82
30/09/2020

Our September Newsletter is online, check out our latest news!   

Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol (JPSG)
28/09/2020

Read Speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski delivered at the 7th meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol (JPSG), European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium.

Artificial Intelligence, data and our values – on the path to the EU’s digital future
07/09/2020
Body temperature checks by EU institutions: Careful assessment and data protection safeguards are necessary
01/09/2020

The EDPS has issued orientations on body temperature checks by EU institutions in the fight against COVID-19. 

Read Press Release and Read Orientations

Giovanni in our memories
20/08/2020

On the anniversary of Giovanni Buttarelli's death, we remember him with the publication of five short memories written by his colleagues at the EDPS.

Read Blogpost and Watch Video

TechDispatch #2/2020: Quantum Computing and Cryptography
07/08/2020

Quantum computers can be highly beneficial to scientific developments due to the new, speedy way of performing computing. Once available, they however could break currently used cryptography and undermine the protection of (personal) data.

Data Protection requirements must go hand in hand with the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing
27/07/2020
Report from the IPEN workshops on encryption - what is encryption and who needs it for what?
23/07/2020

Read the EDPS Blogpost on encryption following the IPEN workshops 

Newsletter n°81
17/07/2020

Our last newsletter before the summer is out now! 

EDPS Statement following the Court of Justice ruling in Case C-311/18 Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland Ltd and Maximilian Schrems (“Schrems II”)
17/07/2020
Orientations from the EDPS: Reactions of EU institutions as employers to the COVID-19 crisis
15/07/2020

The EDPS has issued guidelines to advise on questions such as teleworking tools, staff management, health data aspects and replying to data subject access requests.

Reinventing the trainee conference in times of COVID-19
13/07/2020
Data Protection Impact Assessment Infographics and Video
08/07/2020
EDPS Report: EU Institutions' use of Data Protection Impact Assessments
06/07/2020

EDPS Report on the EU Institutions' use of Data Protection Impact Assessments 

Flowcharts and Checklists on Data Protection - Brochure
06/07/2020
EDPS Investigation into EU institutions’ use of Microsoft products and services
02/07/2020

Paper on the issues raised by the EDPS’ own-initiative investigation into European institutions’, bodies’, offices’ and agencies’ (‘EU institutions’) use of Microsoft products and services.

Read Paper and Press Release.

Shaping a Safer Digital Future: a new Strategy for a new decade - EDPS Strategy 2020-2024
30/06/2020

The EDPS presents its 2020-2024 Strategy 'Shaping a Safer Digital Future: a new Strategy for a new decade' to the public. In a connected world, where data flows across borders, solidarity within Europe, and internationally, will help to strengthen the right to data protection and make data work for people across the EU and beyond. The Strategy focuses on three pillars: foresight, action and solidarity to address digital challenges for a safer, fairer and more sustainable future.

EDPS Opinion on European Commission's AI White Paper
29/06/2020

In February 2020, as a part of a wider package of strategic documents, the European Commission published a White Paper on “Artificial Intelligence: A European approach to excellence and trust”. 

This Opinion presents the EDPS views on the White Paper as a whole, as well as on certain specific aspects, such as the proposed risk-based approach, the enforcement of AI regulation or the specific requirements for the remote biometric identification (including facial recognition).

The EDPS recommendations in this opinion aim at clarifying and, where necessary, further developing the safeguards and controls with respect to protection of personal data.
 

IPEN Webinar on Encryption
24/06/2020

24 June, EDPS-IPEN Webinar on the state of the art on encryption in PETs. 

European Commission’s GDPR Review
24/06/2020
Revised MoU - EDPS - FRA
23/06/2020
Opinion on Strategy for Data
17/06/2020

EDPS Opinion on the European Commission's Strategy for Data.

Newsletter n°80
28/05/2020

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

TechDispatch #1/2020: Contact Tracing Apps and Mobile Applications
11/05/2020

In public health, contact tracing is the process to identify individuals who have been in contact with infected persons.

A post Covid-19 Future: #Solidarity #FreedomofMovement #DataProtection
09/05/2020

The EDPS and EDPB trainees share their thoughts on the future of the EU.

Exchange of views with the LIBE Members on the use of personal data in the fight against Covid-19
08/05/2020
EDPS activities and Action plan in the fight against the pandemic
08/05/2020

The outbreak of Covid-19 is affecting our lives at an unprecedented pace. It is testing the resilience of our societies as we respond to this global crisis and try to contain its consequences, both in the short and in the long run.

Covid-19 outbreak is also testing fundamental rights to data protection and privacy. EU Member States, EU institutions and Big Tech companies are trying to explore solutions to tackle the uncontrolled spread of the virus.

As a result, the EDPS established a Covid-19 task force to follow developments and to prepare for the future of data protection and privacy after Covid-19 crisis.

Newsletter n°79
30/04/2020

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

Carrying the torch in times of darkness
30/04/2020

The outbreak of Covid-19 is affecting our lives at an unprecedented pace. Personal data have and will continue to play an important role in the fight against the pandemic.

EDPS remarks at Senate of the Republic of France
27/04/2020

Introductory remarks by Wojciech Wiewiórowski  at the committee for European Affairs of the senate of the Republic of France

'EU Digital Solidarity: a call for a pan-European approach against the pandemic'
06/04/2020

Watch video address by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

Read full text

Newsletter n°78
26/03/2020

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

Monitoring spread of COVID-19
25/03/2020

EDPS Comments to DG CONNECT of the European Commission on monitoring of COVID-19 spread.

EDPS closes investigation into European Parliament’s 2019 election activities
23/03/2020

Read the press release.

The moment you realise the world has changed: re-thinking the EDPS Strategy
20/03/2020

When we started our work on the Strategy for the five-year mandate of the European Data Protection Supervisor, one of the first issues we discussed was whether it should be either a living document, ready to be changed or adjusted, or a robust, future-proof plan. 

EDPS response to COVID-19 outbreak
19/03/2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the EDPS has decided to activate its Business Continuity Plan. All EDPS staff will be teleworking from 13 March to 29 May 2020. We understand it as a change of working modality, and we try to operate as normally as possible. We invite you to contact us via our general email: edps@edps.europa.eu, or using the contact form.

Annual Report 2019
18/03/2020

2019 could be described as a year of transition, across Europe and the world. The 2019 Annual Report provides an insight into all EDPS activities in 2019, which was the last year of a five-year EDPS mandate. EDPS activities therefore focused on consolidating the achievements of previous years, assessing the progress made and starting to define priorities for the future. Read the Press Release.

EDPS Newsletter 77
26/02/2020

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

Opinion: negotiations for a new partnership with UK
24/02/2020

EDPS Opinion on the opening of negotiations for a new partnership with UK.

AI and Facial Recognition: Challenges and Opportunities
21/02/2020

On 13 February, the EDPS organised a workshop to discuss and debate challenges and opportunities of AI and Facial Recognition applications in the future to come.
The event gathered more than 50 leading researchers, experts and practitioners from academia, regulators, business and civil society, to share their insights and experiences to deepen our understanding of the challenges ahead and the possible policy responses.
There was a general consensus that as AI can have a significant impact both on an individual and on society as a whole, clear red lines on certain extremely high-risk scenarios need to be defined where the essence of rights and freedoms of individuals may be at stake.
Artificial Intelligence should be used to improve our lives, individually and as a society, but such improvement should never come at the cost of our values and fundamental rights.

CPDP 2020 - Closing remarks
04/02/2020

Closing remarks by Wojciech Wiewiórowski at CPDP 2020.

Data Protection Day
28/01/2020

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

The EDPS quick-guide on necessity and proportionality
28/01/2020
EDPS Newsletter 76
17/01/2020

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

Right to information - guide for authorities when taking fingerprints for Eurodac
16/01/2020
EDPS Opinion - Preliminary Opinion on data protection and scientific research
06/01/2020

Read opinion.

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