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Thinking global, acting local

On 25 September 2017, in the margins of the 39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Hong Kong, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Privacy, Digital Asia Hub and the European Data Protection Supervisor hosted a meeting with a difference.

Our aim with this meeting was to start a conversation with people from around the world about the values that they think underpin privacy in their countries to see what the similarities and differences are.

Read the summary.

Open letter to the global civil society

The EDPS has published an open letter to the global civil society regarding the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners.

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The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

Less is sometimes more

Data protection should not be subject to trade negotiations. Read latest blogspost by Giovanni Buttarelli.

EDPS calls for consistency in EU approach to criminal records

There is a clear need for the EU to develop a more efficient system for exchanging information on the criminal records of non-EU citizens. At the same time, any proposal to update the current system must ensure consistency with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Lisbon Treaty and fully respect data protection principles. Read the EDPS Opinion and press release.

It’s not the end of the world as we know it

In the last few weeks, I have been asked to look beyond the GDPR to imagine future scenarios for regulation of digital rights in the EU and around the world.

Read blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli.

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The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

EDPS Survey 2017

There has been continuous and steady progress in the way in which EU institutions comply with data protection rules. Read the EDPS Survey and press release.

EDPS calls for swift agreement on new Regulation

Eleven months have passed since the Commission issued its proposal for the new Regulation governing data protection in the EU institutions and bodies. The EDPS calls for a swift agreement on the new Regulation, so that EU institutions can lead by example in the rules that they apply to themselves as controllers and processors. Read the Statement.

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Interoperability of information systems

The EU aims to improve the efficiency of its IT databases by making them more interoperable. Read the EDPS Opinion and press release.

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The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

EDPS-DPO meeting in London

DPOs preparing for the implementation of accountability in daily work of EU institutions and bodies. EDPS-DPO meeting in London. Read the blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

eu-LISA regulation

EDPS Opinion on the proposal for a Regulation on eu-LISA.

1st Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol

On 9 October, the EDPS Giovanni Buttarelli has been invited to appear before the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol (JPSG). This first meeting follows the EDPS/Europol Management Board meeting that took place on 3 October 2017. When discussing with MEPs and national DPAs, Giovanni Buttarelli underlined the importance of the supervisory role of the EDPS and the JPSG. Since May 2017 a new chapter has been opened. The EDPS intends to carry on its supervisory activity through three main strategic elements: accountability, cooperation and innovation.

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Recommendations on the proposed ePrivacy Regulation

EDPS recommendations on specific aspects of the proposed ePrivacy Regulation.

Read here.

2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

40th edition of the international conference will focus on digital ethics and data driven technologies.
Read the press release and watch the conference video.

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The September 2017 edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

A crucial moment for communications privacy

Data protection by design will become a legal obligation under GDPR, read blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli.

The State of the Data Protection Union

The EU data protection framework is about to change , read blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli.

Hate speech, Fake News and Security

The EDPS participated in the Hate Speech and Security Summit in Rome. The Summit was organised by the Italian Presidency of the G7 and was also attended by seven Bar Associations.
The initiative was aimed at developing a common strategy and reinforcing the importance of protecting human dignity and the right to privacy in the era of hate speech and fake news.
In his intervention, Giovanni Buttarelli stressed the importance of political will, a common framework and the wise use of new technologies.

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A digital Europe needs data protection

The Commission's proposal for a Regulation establishing a single digital gateway and the once-only principle is a necessary development in the modernisation of administrative services throughout the EU. However, some key issues related to data protection must be taken into account for the future development of the once-only principle. Read the EDPS Opinion and the press release.

Teenagers on privacy

How do millennials relate to digital life and privacy? Read blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli

EU-Japan cooperation on data protection

Giovanni Buttarelli and Jiro Akama, Japanese State Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, have met on convergence and cooperation between EU and Japan on data protection.

Debating Ethics: Dignity and Respect in Data Driven Life

In March this year, my respected colleague Ventislav Karadjov, Chairman of the Commission for Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Bulgaria (CPDP) and I announced that we will jointly be hosting the 40th annual International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in October 2018.

Read blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli

EDPS meets Japanese PPC

The EDPS and the Personal Information Protection Commission (PPC) in Japan have met to discuss the implementation of forthcoming GDPR. The new regulation reinforces international cooperation outside the EU including the DPAs of third countries.

30th Anniversary, Privacy Law and Business Annual Conference

On 4 July 2017, Giovanni Buttarelli to speak on the transition from the EU Art. 29 Working Party to the European Data Protection Board at the Privacy Law & Business 30th Anniversary Annual Conference. Other topics will include the need for a Digital ClearingHouse for regulators from different sectors and countries to have an exchange of views, as well as the digital ethics in the privacy debate.

A New Chapter for EU Data Protection

On 28 June 2017, the Assistant Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski will participate in the conference 'A New Chapter for EU Data Protection: Managing accountability and compliance in the Reform era' hosted by the European Parliament’s Data Protection Service.

The event will inform about the potential changes the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), coming into force on 25 May 2018, might bring for EP officials, and how to tackle these new challenges.

Web streaming of the event is available here.

New EDPS Newsletter

In the June 2017 edition of the EDPS Newsletter we introduce you to our new-look Newsletter and cover the EDPS Opinion on ePrivacy.

Other interesting topics, such as our continuing work on data ethics through #DataDrivenLife workshop, the launch of our 2016 Annual Report, the supervision of Europol and the first meeting of the Digital Clearinghouse are also covered.

Read the newsletter

Annual Privacy Forum 2017

The Annual Privacy Forum took place on 7 June 2017. Wojciech Wiewiórowski focused his speech on cybersecurity and Wannacry attack.
Read blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski

41st EDPS-DPO meeting, Tallinn

The EDPS and the DPOs from the EU institutions and bodies met yesterday at eu-LISA to discuss, among others, about individuals’ rights under the revised Regulation on data protection.

Read blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

First meeting of the Digital Clearinghouse

Read blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli and the statement from the participants at the meeting.

Interoperability in the field of migration, asylum and security

EDPS welcomes the report of the High-level expert group on information systems and interoperability. Please read the EDPS statement on the concept of interoperability in the field of migration, asylum and security.

IPEN Workshop, Vienna

On 9 June 2017, the EDPS is hosting an IPEN workshop in Vienna.

The GDPR will become fully applicable less than a year after the workshop, and it will make data protection by design and by default a legal obligation for data controllers. Several presentations will address conceptual issues of privacy engineering.

The IPEN initiative was founded in 2014. It supports the creation of engineer groups working on (re)-usable building blocks, design patterns and other tools for selected internet use cases where privacy is at stake.

Read more about the workshop.

Web streaming of the event is available here.

Data Protection within International Organizations

Read the opening speech by Giovanni Buttarelli given at Workshop organised by the International Organization for Migration and the EDPS.

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EDPS Newsletter

Our latest Newsletter is online now. Happy reading!

EDPS Annual Report 2016

The state of privacy 2017: EDPS provides mid-mandate report. Read the EDPS 2016 Annual Report and the press release.

#DataDrivenLife - EDPS workshop on Digital Ethics

On 18 May 2017, the EDPS is hosting a workshop on Data Driven Life in Brussels (see the agenda). This is the second workshop in the series organised by the EDPS advancing the global debate on the ethical dimension of the digital revolution.

Read more - blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli.

Watch the web streaming.

ePrivacy Regulation

EDPS calls for strong and smart new rules to protect confidentiality of communications. Read the EDPS opinion and the press release.

New era in the data protection supervision of Europol

Under the new Europol Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/794), the EDPS will take over responsibility from the JSB for the data protection supervision of Europol as from the beginning of May.
The JSB, after long and honourable service to data protection in the EU, will pass its role to the EDPS, an EU institution and the supervisory authority for the EU institutions and bodies.
The EDPS will provide advice on data protection issues to Europol and carry out inspections as well as investigating complaints from individuals.

Read blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli.

Necessity toolkit

As part of our commitment to facilitating responsible and informed policymaking, the EDPS has published a necessity toolkit. Read the necessity toolkit and the press release.

Increasing cooperation between EDPS and FRA

The European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights sign a Memorandum of Understanding to increase cooperation in the field of data protection. Read blogpost.

Presenting Our New Website

Our website has undergone quite a makeover! With new features and drop down menus, we present you our new look website to share information about who we are and what we do. Watch the video to learn more about it.

Read how the EDPS is organised under the About EDPS section; for detailed information on our data protection work, Ethics, IPEN, Big Data and more, go to our Data Protection section. Look in our Press & Publications section for our newsletter, blog, press releases, press kit and speeches. Happy browsing!

We would appreciate your feedback

We'd love to know what you think of our new website. Take a few minutes to share your impressions with us by filling in our feedback form. Form available in EN - FR - DE

60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties

60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. Giovanni Buttarelli to participate in the meeting of the 27 EU heads of state and heads of European Union institutions in Rome, Italy.

The EU in 2016

The General Report on the activities of the European Union in 2016, highlights the importance of Data Protection as a fundamental right. The upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will protect EU citizens and will simplify rules for companies operating in the Digital Single Market. Read more.

Digital Content

EDPS sees opportunity for stronger consumer and data protection. Read the EDPS Opinion and the press release.

Data Protection and EU institutions

Data Protection and the EU institutions. Read the latest blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli and the EDPS Opinion.


2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners to be hosted in Brussels. Read the press statement.


EDPS calls for consistent improvements in the approach to EU border policy. Read the EDPS Opinion and the press release.

Ethics in the Digital Era

Ethics in the Digital Era: three new videos available on our YouTube channel - check the interview with Jaron Lanier, the panel debate at CPDP 2017 and concluding remarks by Giovanni Buttarelli.

What to expect when we inspect?

EDPS factsheet on inspections. We carry out inspections in accordance with our Annual Inspection Plan. To establish this plan, we conduct a risk analysis and take into account the resources available for carrying out inspections. Security audits of large scale IT systems and applications take place according to the laws governing their supervision.
The EDPS tries to combine inspections with information sessions on data protection, organised in cooperation with your institution’s DPO. If you receive an invitation to attend a data protection training we encourage you to join us!