European Data Protection Supervisor
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TechDispatch #3: Connected Cars

TechDispatch #3 is available here.

EDPS publishes new Proportionality Guidelines

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EDPS Newsletter 75

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

Press release - EDPS takes on new supervisory role at Eurojust

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New EDPS mandate 2019-2024

The appointment of Wojciech Wiewiórowski as the new European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) was confirmed on 5 December 2019. The Pole, who served as Assistant Supervisor under the late Giovanni Buttarelli during the 2014-2019 mandate, takes up his new position today.

Leading by Example: EDPS 2015-2019

The EDPS issues a report together with a press release to provide an overview of the activities carried out from 2015-2019. In particular, the report focuses on the implementation of the objectives set out in the EDPS Strategy 2015-2019, which relate to digitisation, global partnerships and the modernisation of data protection.

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EDPS investigates European Parliament’s 2019 election activities and takes enforcement actions

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EDPS Newsletter 74

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

EDPS - Selection of the new Supervisor

The results of the voting at the Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States to the European Union (Coreper) and at the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament (LIBE) confirm Wojciech Wiewiórowski for a 5-year mandate as European Data Protection Supervisor.

EDPS inspection on Europol's compliance with Article 4 of the TFTP Agreement.

Inspection available here.

Blog - Archiving and Accountability: the 46th EDPS-DPO meeting

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EDPS selection procedure

List of shortlisted candidates

Yann Padova (France);
Endre Szabó (Hungary);
Wojciech Wiewiórowski (Poland).

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EDPS Opinion - Electronic evidence in criminal matters
EDPS Guidelines on the concepts of controller, processor and joint controllership under Reg (EU) 2018/1725

Read guidelines here.

EDPS – Civil Society Organizations Summit: a fond tradition continues

The next EDPS-Civil Society Summit will take place in 2020.

Read blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

AEPD-EDPS joint paper on hash techniques

The AEPD (Spanish DPA) and the EDPS issued a joint paper: 'Introduction to the hash function as a personal data pseudonymisation technique'.

Read paper here.

Read press release (in ES) by the Spanish DPA here.

EDPS Newsletter 73

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

Blog - Facial recognition: A solution in search of a problem?

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Adopted resolutions at International Conference in Tirana
Climate crisis and digital rights

Side event organised by EDPS at 41st ICDPPC.

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EDPS software receives Global Privacy and Data Protection Award

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EDPS investigation into IT contracts: stronger cooperation to better protect rights of all individuals

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41st International Conference of data protection and privacy commissioners

The 41st International Conference of data protection and privacy commissioners, 'Convergence and Connectivity - Raising Global Data Protection Standards in the Digital Age' will take place on 21-24 October in Tirana, Albania.

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Smart Meters in Smart Homes

TechDispatch #2 is available here.

EDPS Newsletter 72

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

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Web Evidence Collector (WEC)

EDPS web inspection tool WEC is now available on GitHub. Read more.

EDPS pleading on Data Retention
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Blogpost: I have lost an older brother

Latest blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

Wojciech Wiewiórowski replacing EDPS

It is with the deepest regret that we announce the loss of Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor. Giovanni passed away surrounded by his family in Italy, last night, 20 August 2019.

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EDPS Podcast - New episode!

Are digital technologies as virtual as we think? Listen to our latest #DebatingEthics Conversation with Andrew Brennan, Ruben Dekker and Heather Iqbal to learn more about the very material impact of data-intensive technologies on the environment.

Joint statement on global privacy expectations of the Libra network

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Blogpost: Inviting new perspectives in data protection

Latest blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli.

Stay cool this summer - 11 tips to be secure online on holiday

Summer holidays are a chance to relax, but they can be a source of high stress themselves if you are not safe online. To help with this, the European Data Protection Supervisor has created a simple guide of 11 tips to help you stay secure while using your computer, smartphone and tablet – and in a sunny mood!

Data Protection Impact Assessment List

The EDPS has adopted and published its lists of the kinds of processing operations that require a data protection impact assessment (DPIA) under Article 39 of the data protection regulation for the EU institutions, as well as those that at first sight do not require a DPIA.

The EDPS adopted these lists after consulting the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) on the draft lists. These lists provide additional guidance to controllers in the EU institutions and complement the accountability on the ground toolkit. In line with the Article 29 Working Party Guidelines on DPIAs, endorsed by the EDPB, these lists provide criteria for controllers to assess whether they need to do a DPIA; the lists are not exhaustive.

DPIAs are a new concept in the data protection regulation for the EU institutions, mirroring equivalent provisions in the GDPR. The DPIA process aims to provide assurance that controllers adequately address privacy and data protection risks of ‘risky’ processing operations. By providing a structured way of thinking about the risks to data subjects and how to mitigate them, DPIAs help organisations to comply with the requirement of data protection by design where it is needed the most, i.e. for ‘risky’ processing operations.

Blogpost: Can We Trust Our Artificial Eyes?

Latest blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

EDPS Podcast - New episode!

Risk-based approach under the data protection reform. Listen to the Podcast!

Blogpost: The EDPS goes back to school!

Latest blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli.

EDPS Newsletter 71

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

Blogpost: Working with international organisations to lead the way in data protection

Latest blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

Data Protection and Competitiveness in the Digital Age

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IPEN discusses state of the art technology

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Inspection on EU institutions’ websites

The EDPS carried out an inspection on the websites of major EU institutions and bodies.

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EDPS Newsletter 70

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

Blogpost: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Regulation 2018/1725

Latest blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

Europe votes 2019: Data protection is a prerequisite for fair and democratic elections

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IAPP 2019 Privacy Leadership Award

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has honoured the European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, with the 2019 Privacy Leadership Award.

The IAPP Privacy Leadership Award is given once per year to individuals who demonstrate an “ongoing commitment to furthering privacy policy, promoting recognition of privacy issues and advancing the growth and visibility of the privacy profession”.

Blogpost: Tracking data protection trends in the EU institutions

Latest blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

Blogpost: We need to talk about terms and conditions

Latest blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli

EDPS Newsletter 69

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

IPEN Workshop - 12 June 2019

Registration is open!

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Vacancy notice for the European Data Protection Supervisor
EDPS investigates contractual agreements concerning EUI software

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EDPS Newsletter 68

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

EDPS-ENISA Conference on personal data breaches

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The EDPS and ENISA organize the conference 'Towards accessing the risk in personal data breaches' in Brussels on the 4th of April 2019.

The conference aims to address the aspect of assessing the risk of personal data breaches under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - (EU) 2016/679 and the Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 for the processing of personal data by EU Institutions and bodies .

Annual Report 2018

2018 was a busy year for the EDPS and a pivotal year for data protection in general. The 2018 Annual Report provides an insight into all EDPS activities in 2018, including our efforts to prepare for the new legislation. Under new data protection rules, the rights of every individual living in the EU are now better protected than ever. Read the press release.

Assessing proportionality of measures

EDPS  stakeholders’ consultation on the draft version of the guidelines.

EDPS Newsletter 67

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

EDPS Podcast: Being a DPO in the public sector

'Being a DPO in the public sector: the EU side of things' EDPS podcast.

How to unmask and fight online manipulation

Follow online our conference on elections and online manipulation.

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Twitter #Europevotes2019 #EUelections2019

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EDPS #DebatingEthics: onto the next round

We closed the public session of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in October 2018 with a promise to continue the discussion on digital ethics. With the launch of our new #DebatingEthics Conversations, a series of six interactive webinars that will then also be released as podcasts, we aim to provide an open platform for this urgent debate.

Each webinar will revolve around a specific theme and bring together different perspectives. Our provisional programme is as follows:

28 February 2019: #DebatingEthics 1 - Digital ethics and the law
30 April 2019: #DebatingEthics 2 - Digitalisation and the future of work
19 June 2019: #DebatingEthics 3 - The environmental impact of new technologies
4 September 2019: #DebatingEthics 4 - Growing up in the digital age
20 November 2019: #DebatingEthics 5 - Digital platforms and their impact on relationships
5 December 2019: #DebatingEthics 6 - Why #DebatingEthics? Revisited

Each webinar will be open for anyone to listen in and comment or ask questions at the end of the discussion. How can moral reasoning help us shape responsible technological development? Follow our updates here and on Twitter and join us in #DebatingEthics.

EPIC 2019 International Privacy Champion Award

EPIC presented the 2019 International Privacy Champion Award to Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor. This prestigious prize is awarded every year to distinguished representatives in the field of the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection. The EPIC award was presented at CPDP conference in Brussels, Belgium on January 30, 2019.

EDPS Newsletter 66

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

Data Protection Day

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.

Conference Report - 40th ICDPPC

The official report of the 40th edition of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners.

Promoting a new culture of data protection

EDPS presents the Annual Management Plan 2019.

Smart glasses and data protection

First Technology Monitoring report of the EDPS on smart glasses.

How to unmask and fight online manipulation

Registrations to the event on elections and online manipulation are now closed.

See the programme.