European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Press Releases

Press Releases

18/12/2013
18
Dec
2013

EDPS Inventory 2014: Data Protection at the heart of EU policy

The European Data Protection Supervisor’s (EDPS) 2014 work programme in the area of legislative consultation identifies issues of strategic importance that are likely to be the cornerstones of his consultation work for 2014. The inventory, a strategic planning document also published today, highlights the key areas of focus for 2014.

15/11/2013
15
Nov
2013

Privacy and data protection can restore consumer confidence in the Digital Society

The European Commission's proposal on harmonising electronic communications services across the EU will unduly limit internet freedom, says the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).  In his Opinion,  the EDPS welcomes the inclusion of the principle of net neutrality - the impartial transmission of information on the internet – in the text, but also said that it is devoid of substance because of the almost unlimited right of providers to

22/10/2013
22
Oct
2013

An important and welcome step towards stronger and more effective data protection in Europe

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) welcomes the outcome of the vote last night by the European Parliamentary Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on the data protection reform package.

19/07/2013
19
Jul
2013

Smart borders: key proposal is costly, unproven and intrusive

There is no clear evidence that the Commission Proposals to create a smart border system for the external borders of the EU will fulfil the aims that it has set out, said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today.

04/07/2013
4
Jul
2013

EDPS finds major deficiencies in anti-money laundering proposals

The Commission proposals on money transfers, prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing need to do more than make mere references to data protection, said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today. Specific safeguards, such as the right of individuals to be informed and the respect of the principles of proportionality and purpose limitation are essential to prevent ordinary citizens from being excessively profiled by service providers on dubious grounds with potentially damaging effects.

17/06/2013
17
Jun
2013

Credible cyber security strategy in the EU needs to be built on privacy and trust

Cyber security is not an excuse for the unlimited monitoring and analysis of the personal information of individuals, said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today following the publication of his opinion on the EU's strategy on cyber security.

10/06/2013
10
Jun
2013

Statement: EDPS following the NSA story

The EDPS is following the NSA story closely and is concerned about the possible serious implications for the privacy and other fundamental rights of EU citizens.

We welcome the request by the Chairman of the Article 29 Working Party, Mr. Jacob Kohnstamm, on 7 June to the Commission to seek clarification of the facts as soon as possible.

We expect the issue will be discussed at the EU-US Summit this Friday.

We will continue to monitor the situation.

03/06/2013
3
Jun
2013

Strong data protection to improve EU approach to serious crimes

Robust data protection considerations can strengthen the credibility of investigations into serious crimes in the EU. This is the message the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) sent in his opinion published today on the Commission proposal for a new legal framework for the EU Agency for Law Enforcement and Training (Europol).

29/05/2013
29
May
2013

"Smart, sustainable, inclusive Europe": only with stronger and more effective data protection

The lobbying surrounding the current review of the EU data protection law by organisations both from Europe and elsewhere has been exceptional.

20/03/2013
20
Mar
2013

EDPS: Enormous energy put into reforming data protection rules must deliver strong and effective protection for EU citizens

Last week, the EDPS sent additional comments on the reform of the EU rules governing data protection to the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council in view of today's debate on the subject in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE). These comments relate to specific areas that require clarification and are a reaction to a number of amendments proposed by various Parliament committees, including LIBE.

23/01/2013
23
Jan
2013

EDPS Strategy 2013-2014 for excellence in data protection by the EU institutions

Yesterday evening, the EDPS presented a report outlining his Strategy for 2013-2014 to senior representatives of the EU institutions. The EDPS outlined the process, aims and results of an extensive analysis, including the main lines of the 2013-2014 Strategy.

18/01/2013
18
Jan
2013

EDPS Inventory 2013: data protection is essential across all EU policy areas

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published his 2013 work programme in the area of legislative consultation, including his strategic planning document, the Inventory. With this document, the EDPS identifies issues of strategic importance that will form the cornerstone of his consultation work for 2013.