European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Press Releases

Press Releases

20/12/2010
20
Dec
2010

EU Internal Security Strategy: "Security and privacy concerns should be equally taken serious" says EDPS

On 17 December 2010, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued an opinion on the Commission's communication on the EU's Internal Security Strategy which aims at targeting the most urgent security threats facing Europe, such as organised crime, terrorism, cybercrime, the management of EU external borders and civil disasters (*).

13/12/2010
13
Dec
2010

Data protection compliance in the EU administration: EDPS adopts comprehensive policy on supervision and enforcement

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted a policy paper that sets out the framework within which he monitors, measures and ensures data protection compliance in the EU administration. The policy signals a fundamental change of gear in the field of enforcement.

The policy seeks to encourage voluntary compliance and best practice and create sufficient incentives for compliance by:

03/12/2010
3
Dec
2010

The "moment of truth" for the Data Retention Directive: EDPS demands clear evidence of necessity

In a speech today at the European Commission conference in Brussels on "Taking on the Data Retention Directive", Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), strongly argued in favour of seizing the opportunity of the ongoing evaluation process to clearly demonstrate the necessity and justification for the Data Retention Directive.

24/11/2010
24
Nov
2010

EU Counter-Terrorism policy: EDPS calls for a systematic and consistent approach to avoid unnecessary restrictions to privacy

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued an opinion on the European Commission's Communication on the EU Counter-Terrorism Policy which outlines the main achievements and future challenges and prepares the way for a broader Internal Security Strategy (*).The Communication is one of a number of documents in which the Commission outlines its future policies in this area. For example, on Monday the Commission issued another Communication on the EU Internal Security Strategy in Action.

15/11/2010
15
Nov
2010

Data protection reform strategy: EDPS urges Commission to meet the challenge of an ambitious reform for a strong and effective data protection

Today, Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), and Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant Supervisor, spoke to the press about the future of the EU legal framework for data protection and addressed in particular the European Commission's recent communication on a data protection reform strategy. The press conference also provided the opportunity to connect this with the EDPS role and contribution by presenting the main features of his activities in the past year.

19/10/2010
19
Oct
2010

EU external strategy on Passenger Name Record: EDPS calls for stricter conditions for the use and transfer of passenger's personal data

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued an opinion on the European Commission's communication on the transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data to third countries (*). The Communication sets out the EU external strategy on PNR and puts forward the general principles, including a set of data protection standards, that any PNR agreement with a third country should be based on.

30/09/2010
30
Sep
2010

Information management in the area of freedom, security and justice: EDPS welcomes the overview as a first step in the evaluation process

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued an opinion on the Commission's communication of 20 July 2010 (*) providing a comprehensive overview of EU instruments that regulate the collection, storage or cross-border exchange of personal data for law enforcement or migration management purposes (Schengen Information System, EURODAC and Prüm Decision on DNA data exchange are examples of those instruments).

27/07/2010
27
Jul
2010

EDPS calls for a comprehensive data protection framework for the Internal Market Information System

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) addressed a letter to the Internal Market and Services Directorate General of the Commission (DG MARKT), in which he took stock of what has been achieved and what further progress needs to be made on the issues raised in the Commission Report on the state of data protection in the Internal Market Information System (IMI) (*).

30/06/2010
30
Jun
2010

Review of relationship between transparency and data protection more urgent after Court ruling on Bavarian Lager

The European Court of Justice has issued its ruling on the so-called "Bavarian Lager" case (*), a case that has been closely followed as a key case on the question on how best to reconcile the fundamental right to the protection of personal data with the fundamental right of public access to documents.

The Court of Justice clarified certain key concepts in the Data Protection Regulation (**) and interpreted the Access to Documents Regulation (***) with regard to the right to privacy and data protection. 

22/06/2010
22
Jun
2010

EU-US new draft agreement on financial data transfers: EDPS calls for further data protection improvements

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued an opinion on the European Commission's draft Agreement with the United States on the Terrorist Financing Tracking Programme (TFTP) to allow US authorities access to European based financial data managed by the Belgian company SWIFT in cases of anti-terrorism investigations (*).

18/05/2010
18
May
2010

Revision of FRONTEX's mandate: EDPS calls for clear rules on data protection

Yesterday, the European Data protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued an opinion on the European Commission's proposal to strengthen the operational capabilities of the European Agency for cooperation at external EU borders, Frontex (*). The opinion focuses on the growing tasks of the agency as envisaged by the proposal and their consequences for data protection.

29/04/2010
29
Apr
2010

Reform of EU Data Protection law: EDPS calls on the European Commission to be ambitious in its approach

Today, in a speech at the European Privacy and Data Protection Commissioners' Conference in Prague, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Peter Hustinx, spoke strongly about the need to be proactive in the context of the unfolding debate on the future of the EU legal framework for data protection. The EDPS called on the European Commission to remain ambitious in updating the existing framework to avoid the risk of an increasing loss of relevance and effectiveness of data protection in a society that is ever more driven by technological change and globalisation.

15/04/2010
15
Apr
2010

E-waste and data protection: EDPS warns against security risks and calls for "privacy by design"

Yesterday, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the European Commission's proposal to recast the Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE, also referred to as "e-waste") (*),, a proposal that is intensively discussed in the European Parliament and Council, but without consideration of the data protection implications.  

22/03/2010
22
Mar
2010

EDPS opinion on privacy in the digital age: "Privacy by Design" as a key tool to ensure citizens' trust in ICTs

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted last week an opinion on "Promoting trust in the information society by fostering data protection and privacy" as an input to the forthcoming European Commission's new European Digital Agenda. The opinion discusses the measures that could be either undertaken or promoted by the European Union to guarantee individuals' privacy and data protection rights when making use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

17/03/2010
17
Mar
2010

EDPS issues Guidelines on Video-surveillance

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued a practical set of Guidelines to European institutions and bodies on how to use video-surveillance responsibly with effective safeguards in place. The Guidelines set out the principles for evaluating the need for resorting to video-surveillance and give guidance on how to conduct it in a way which minimises impact on privacy and other fundamental rights.

09/03/2010
9
Mar
2010

EDPS welcomes Court of Justice's ruling strengthening independent position of data protection authorities

Today, the Court of Justice decided1 that data protection authorities in the German Länder which supervise the processing of personal data in the private sector are not acting with "complete independence" as required by the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.

22/02/2010
22
Feb
2010

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement: EDPS warns about its potential incompatibility with EU data protection regime

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on current negotiations by the European Union aimed at adopting a new multilateral agreement to strengthen the enforcement of intellectual property rights and to combat counterfeiting and piracy (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement - ACTA).

04/02/2010
4
Feb
2010

Accident investigation in civil aviation: EDPS insists on ensuring confidentiality of data from persons involved in accidents

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the European Commission's proposal to update the current rules for civil aviation accident investigation (*).

27/01/2010
27
Jan
2010

EDPS statement and activities on the occasion of Data Protection Day (28 January 2010)

The Member States of the Council of Europe and the European institutions will celebrate the European Data Protection Day for the fourth time on 28 January 2010. This date marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Council of Europe's Convention on the protection of personal data (Convention 108), the first legally binding international instrument in the field of data protection.