European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Press Releases

Press Releases

13/12/2011
13
Dec
2011

EDPS issues an opinion on the new EU-US Passenger Name Record agreement

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted on Friday an opinion on the Commission's proposal for a new agreement between the EU and the US on the exchange of passengers' data (Passenger Name Record - PNR)*. The agreement obliges airline companies to send to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data relating to all passengers flying between the EU and the US.

22/11/2011
22
Nov
2011

EDPS calls for strengthening of proposed Regulation on the Internal Market Information System

In his Opinion, issued today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) provides a series of recommendations to further strengthen the data protection framework for the Internal Market Information System ('IMI'). The EDPS supports a consistent approach to data protection in establishing an electronic system for the exchange of information, including relevant personal data.

07/10/2011
7
Oct
2011

"A serious policy debate on net neutrality must effectively address users' confidentiality of communication", says EDPS

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the European Commission Communication on the open internet and net neutrality in Europe (*), a subject that has triggered great interest and controversy over recent months. Net neutrality refers to the issue of whether Internet service providers (ISPs) should be allowed to monitor network traffic to filter or restrict Internet access, for example to block specific services or applications (e.g.

06/10/2011
6
Oct
2011

Recording equipment in road transport: EDPS calls for additional safeguards to better protect the privacy of professional drivers

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion yesterday on the European Commission proposal to revise the EU legislation on tachographs - the device used in road transport to monitor driving times and rest periods of professional drivers - as a means of checking compliance with social legislation in the field*.

11/07/2011
11
Jul
2011

EDPS calls on the European Commission to ensure that safeguards for online behavioural advertising are respected

On 7 July 2011, in a public lecture on the privacy implications of “online behavioural advertising”, i.e. the presentation of targeted advertisements on websites based on large scale tracking of consumer behaviour online, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) called on the European Commission to ensure that Article 5(3) of the e-Privacy Directive is fully respected.

15/06/2011
15
Jun
2011

EDPS Annual Report 2010: an increased effort is required to ensure effective data protection in practice

Today Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), and Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant Supervisor, presented their Annual Report of activities for 2010 to the press. This Report covers the sixth full year of activity of the EDPS as a new, independent supervisory body.

31/05/2011
31
May
2011

Evaluation shows that the Data Retention Directive does not meet privacy and data protection requirements, says EDPS

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the European Commission's Evaluation Report on the Data Retention Directive (*). This much discussed Directive requires all providers of electronic communication services to store traffic and location data of the communications of all citizens, for possible use by the Member States for law enforcement purposes.

18/04/2011
18
Apr
2011

EDPS opinion on EU Financial Regulation: EU budget needs clear rules on transparency, also to protect individuals' personal data

On 15 April 2011, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the Commission's proposal aimed at revising the financial rules applicable to the annual budget of the European Union ("EU Financial Regulation"). The proposal covers several matters which involve the processing of personal data by the EU institutions and by entities at Member State level.

06/04/2011
6
Apr
2011

European Data Protection Commissioners insist on the need for a comprehensive EU approach to data protection

On 5 April 2011, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and the Chairman of the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party(*) hosted the annual Spring Conference of European Data Protection Commissioners in Brussels, involving data protection authorities from EU and non-EU Member States, as well as various authorities at EU level.

28/03/2011
28
Mar
2011

EU Passenger Name Record: proposed system fails to meet necessity requirement, says EDPS

On 25 March 2011, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on a new Commission's proposal to oblige airline carriers to provide EU Member States with personal data on passengers (Passenger Name Record - PNR) entering or departing from the EU for the purpose of fighting serious crime and terrorism. Such data may include, for example, home address, mobile phone number, frequent flyer information, email address and credit card information.

24/03/2011
24
Mar
2011

Data protection and transparency: EDPS updates guidance for good practice in the EU administration

On 24 March 2011, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published a background paper on public access to documents containing personal data, to serve as guidance for EU institutions.

The paper explains the updated EDPS position on the matter following the ruling of the European Court of Justice in the Bavarian Lager case on the reconciliation of the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection with the fundamental right to public access to documents and transparency (*).

18/01/2011
18
Jan
2011

Data Protection Reform Strategy: EDPS sets out his vision for the new framework

On 14 January 2011, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued an opinion on the Commission's Communication on the review of the EU legal framework for data protection (*). The Communication is an essential landmark on the way towards a new legal framework that will represent the most important development in the area of EU data protection since the adoption of the EU Data Protection Directive 16 years ago.