European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Press Releases

Press Releases

07/12/2009
7
Dec
2009

EDPS sees advantages of new Agency for large-scale IT systems, but urges the legislator to better define its scope of activities

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the European Commission's proposed legislative package establishing an Agency for the operational management of large-scale information technology (IT) systems in the area of freedom, security and justice. The Agency would be responsible for the operational management of Schengen Information System (SIS II), Visa Information System (VIS), Eurodac and possible other large-scale IT systems.

09/11/2009
9
Nov
2009

ePrivacy Directive close to enactment: improvements on security breach, cookies and enforcement, and more to come

Following last week's agreement on the EU telecoms reform, nothing stands in the way for the ePrivacy Directive to enter into force. The formalities required for formal adoption will be undertaken in the coming weeks. The revised ePrivacy Directive(*), as amended by the European Parliament and adopted by the Council must be implemented by the Member States within 18 months.

26/10/2009
26
Oct
2009

Stakeholders discuss how to respond to data breaches at EDPS-ENISA seminar (Brussels, 23 October 2009)

On 23 October, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), in cooperation with the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), organised a seminar entitled "Responding to data breaches". The seminar, which was mainly aimed at data controllers and data security practitioners, was attended by more than 80 participants.

08/10/2009
8
Oct
2009

Law enforcement access to EURODAC: EDPS expresses serious doubts about the legitimacy and necessity of proposed measures

Yesterday, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on two Commission proposals aiming at providing the basis for the right of law enforcement authorities to have access to EURODAC under specific conditions.

24/09/2009
24
Sep
2009

EDPS Annual Report 2008: first mandate concludes with substantial progress in data protection compliance

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued his Annual Report which covers 2008 as the fourth full year of activity of the EDPS as a new independent supervisory authority. This Report also concludes the first EDPS mandate and provides an opportunity to take stock of developments since the start.

22/07/2009
22
Jul
2009

Intelligent Transport Systems in road transport: "lack of clarity may lead to different levels of data protection in Europe" warns EDPS

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the European Commission's proposed deployment plan for intelligent transport systems (ITS) in Europe that was adopted in December 2008 to accelerate and coordinate their deployment in road transport and their connection with other modes of transport (*).

13/07/2009
13
Jul
2009

Area of freedom, security and justice: EDPS calls for strong emphasis on fundamental rights in future Stockholm Programme

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has adopted an opinion on the European Commission's Communication of 10 June 2009 entitled “An area of freedom, security and justice serving the citizen”. The Communication is the Commission's contribution to the discussions on the new EU programme for the next five years in the area of justice and home affairs, the so called Stockholm programme, which is due to be adopted by the European Council in December 2009.

01/07/2009
1
Jul
2009

Eurodac: how to better ensure asylum seekers' rights in practice? Supervision Group issues second inspection report

The Eurodac Supervision Coordination Group has issued a report on their second coordinated inspection of the large-scale database that contains fingerprints of asylum seekers in order to assist asylum procedures in the European Union. The Supervision Group, which is composed of data protection authorities of each of the participating States and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), has investigated how the database has been used in practice over the last two years.

23/06/2009
23
Jun
2009

Data protection compliance in the EU administration: EDPS reports overall good progress and will step up verification in practice

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued his second general report measuring progress made in the implementation of data protection rules and principles by Community institutions and bodies, as laid down in the Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 45/2001).

05/05/2009
5
May
2009

EDPS welcomes 500th prior-check notification and introduces online public register of notifications for greater transparency

On 30 April, in his sixth year of activity, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) received the 500th prior-check notification on a processing of personal data in the EU administration. For reasons of transparency, a register of all notifications for prior checking received by the EDPS is now publicly available on the EDPS website.

12/03/2009
12
Mar
2009

EDPS: European Parliament reaches correct balance between transparency and data protection

Following yesterday's vote in the European Parliament, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has expressed his satisfaction with how the Parliament addressed the delicate issue of reconciling transparency requirements with data protection obligations.

Although some legal fine-tuning is still needed, the amendments adopted by MEPs clearly reflect an approach which strives for a proper balance between transparency on the one hand and data protection on the other.

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05/03/2009
5
Mar
2009

Organs donation and transplantation: EDPS calls for enhanced security measures at national and cross-border levels

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the Commission's proposal for a Directive on standards of quality and safety of human organs intended for transplantation. The proposal provides for national quality programmes to advance organs donation and transplantation, including a traceability mechanism to ensure that all organs can be traced from donation to reception and vice versa.

18/02/2009
18
Feb
2009

Revision of EURODAC and Dublin Regulations: EDPS welcomes attention devoted to data protection and other fundamental rights

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted two interlinked opinions relating to the proposal for a revision of the EURODAC Regulation and the proposal recasting the so-called "Dublin Regulation" which determines the EU Member State responsible for an asylum application.

12/01/2009
12
Jan
2009

EDPS second Opinion on ePrivacy Directive review and security breach: privacy safeguards need to be strenghtened

On 9 January, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an Opinion on the review of the Directive on Privacy and electronic communications, usually referred to as the ePrivacy Directive. This Opinion follows upon a first EDPS Opinion, as well as Comments, in which recommendations were made to help ensure that the proposed changes effectively provide for the best possible protection of personal data.