European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Press Releases

Press Releases

08/12/2014
8
Dec
2014

EDPS Guidelines on conflicts of interest: data protection strengthens good public administration

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) encourages EU institutions and bodies (EU institutions) to balance transparency in the interests of the public and the data protection rights of individuals when managing the declarations of the conflicts of interest of people working for them. This balancing exercise can strengthen their efforts to foster the trust of the public as well as those who work for them.

04/12/2014
4
Dec
2014

Peter Hustinx congratulates dynamic new EDPS team

Outgoing European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Peter Hustinx, congratulated his successors, who have been appointed today by a joint decision of the European Parliament and the Council. Current Assistant Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, will replace Hustinx in the top job, while Wojciech Wiewiórowski has been appointed Assistant Supervisor.

25/11/2014
25
Nov
2014
26/09/2014
26
Sep
2014

Engineering privacy: the IPEN Initiative

“How can we develop internet structure, services and apps which respect user privacy and personal data?” This question was at the core of today’s meeting of privacy experts and developers from industry, academia and free software in Berlin. The first workshop of the Internet Privacy Engineering Network (IPEN) was an important step in building a community which works on developing engineering solutions to effectively protect and enhance privacy on the internet.

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30/06/2014
30
Jun
2014

EDPS welcomes European Council’s conclusions as a clear step forward for stronger data protection in the EU

The EDPS welcomes the clear commitment made by the European Council last Friday to ensure the protection and promotion of fundamental rights, including data protection, in further developing the area of freedom, security and justice over the next years. The Council placed also great emphasis on the adoption of a strong EU General Data Protection framework by 2015.

23/06/2014
23
Jun
2014

A modern internet governance model should be universal and respectful of fundamental freedoms

The efforts of the European Union (EU) to build an integrated model of internet governance and data protection should be complemented by an effective reform of the EU’s own legal framework and the swift adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation, said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) following the publication of his Opinion on the Commission Communication on Internet Policy and Governance – Europe’s role in shaping the future of Internet

06/06/2014
6
Jun
2014

EDPS calls on the Council to make urgent progress on Data Protection Reform

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) fully appreciates the progress made by the Greek Presidency of the Council on the reform of the EU Data Protection legislation. In particular, we welcome the Council's objective of reaching a general position on the package so as to start negotiations with the Parliament well before the end of 2014.

04/06/2014
4
Jun
2014

The EU should ensure an area of freedom, security and justice with the rights of individuals at its core

The EDPS today called on the European Council to place the rights of individuals at the core of justice and security policies in the years to come.

08/04/2014
8
Apr
2014

Press Statement: The CJEU rules that the Data Retention Directive is invalid

The EDPS welcomes the ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU in Digital Rights Ireland and Seitlinger and Others (Joined cases C-293/12, C-594/12) on the invalidity of the Data Retention Directive (Directive 2006/24/EC). It follows the input given by the EDPS in these proceedings.

01/04/2014
1
Apr
2014

A single set of rules for all: EU Data Protection Reform can support businesses and protect citizens

The reform of the EU rules on data protection will support the recovering but still fragile European economy, said the European Data Protection Supervisor following the presentation of his Annual Report of activities for 2013 to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) at the European Parliament.

26/03/2014
26
Mar
2014

Privacy and competitiveness in the age of big data

The collection and control of massive amounts of personal data are a source of market power for the biggest players in the global market for internet services, said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today. Personal information has become a form of currency to pay for so-called 'free' online services and is a valuable intangible asset for an increasing number of companies doing business in the EU. This requires closer interaction between different regulators.

25/02/2014
25
Feb
2014

EDPS Guidelines on the Rights of Individuals: data protection is essential to good public administration

As part of the action plan laid out in his Strategy 2013-2014 to provide guidance to the EU administration, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has published Guidelines on the Rights of Individuals with regard to the Processing of Personal Data.

21/02/2014
21
Feb
2014

EDPS: Enforcing EU data protection law essential for rebuilding trust between EU-US

The strict enforcement of existing European data protection laws is an essential element for restoring trust between the EU and the USA said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today.

27/01/2014
27
Jan
2014

EDPS: Active supervision effective in keeping EU bodies on track for data protection

EU institutions are better at complying with data protection rules and privacy principles than ever before. This is the overall message of the EDPS report on his latest general stocktaking exercise, published today.

16/01/2014
16
Jan
2014

Urgent reform of EU data protection framework is essential for a connected continent

The German government has been urged to take the lead in pushing forward the reform of the EU rules on data protection by Peter Hustinx, in the last speech of his mandate as European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), in Bonn, Germany.

13/01/2014
13
Jan
2014

Video-surveillance: EDPS welcomes improvements in EU bodies

In a report issued today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) highlights his overall satisfaction with the video-surveillance systems of four Luxembourg-based EU bodies that were inspected on 9 and 10 July 2013.