European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Press Releases

Press Releases

15/12/2015
15
Dec
2015

EDPS issues an alert on intrusive surveillance

Today, as the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published his Opinion on Intrusive surveillance technology, he said he was issuing an alert about the risks posed by the unregulated growing market for the selling, distribution and (dual) use of spyware.

10/12/2015
10
Dec
2015

Statement: EDPS supports EU legislator on security but recommends re-thinking on EU PNR

Europe is under attack. In the wake of new terrorist atrocities, the EU and the governments of its Member States are under pressure to take meaningful action.

More than ever, this is a time for solidarity in Europe; for the EU to stand united around our values and fundamental freedoms. The data protection community continues to offer its unconditional support in these difficult times and acknowledges that the EU needs to put reinforced measures in place to address the extraordinary difficulties facing Europe today.

19/11/2015
19
Nov
2015

EDPS encourages a new debate on Big Data

Today, as the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published his Opinion, Meeting the Challenges of Big Data, he said he wanted to launch a new, open discussion with legislators, regulators, industry, IT experts, academics and civil society to explore how the social benefits that big data brings can be harnessed while better protecting the dignity and the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals in a more effective and innovative way.

28/10/2015
28
Oct
2015

A further step towards comprehensive EU data protection: EDPS recommendations for the police and justice sectors

The reform of the EU data protection rules is more urgent than ever, said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), following the publication today of his Opinion on the proposed Directive for data protection in the police and justice sectors.

09/10/2015
9
Oct
2015

A welcome step towards the reform of Data Protection rules in Europe

Today, as the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published his recommendations for the recitals of the general Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), he noted that the Council of the European Union had reached a general

25/09/2015
25
Sep
2015

EU PNR: EDPS warns against unjustified and massive collection of passenger data

Yesterday, as the EDPS published his Second Opinion on the use of Passenger Name Records (PNR) for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime, he said that there is a lack of information to justify the necessity of an EU PNR scheme.

11/09/2015
11
Sep
2015

EDPS to set up an Ethics Board

Today, as the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published his Opinion, Towards a New Digital Ethics, he urged the EU and also those responsible internationally, to promote an ethical dimension in future technologies to retain the value of human dignity and prevent individuals being reduced to mere data subjects.

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27/07/2015
27
Jul
2015

Opening a new Chapter for Data Protection

Today, as the European Data Protection Supervisor sent his recommendations to the EU co-legislators negotiating the final text of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), he launched a mobile app to compare the latest texts from the Commission, the Parliament and the Council more easily on tablets and smartphones.

02/07/2015
2
Jul
2015

EU Data Protection Reform: a historic opportunity for Europe

The reform of EU data protection rules is a historic opportunity to adopt future-oriented standards that can inspire countries all around the world, said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) to the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on the presentation of his Annual Report 2014.

01/06/2015
1
Jun
2015

EU Data Protection Reform: the EDPS meets international civil liberties groups

On Wednesday 27 May 2015, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and international citizens groups discussed the ongoing reform of EU data protection rules. As the EDPS prepares a fresh contribution to assist the EU co-legislator in their trilogue meetings on the reform, the meeting was a valuable occasion to better understand the concerns of citizens.

Video of the meeting

22/05/2015
22
May
2015

Healthcare on the move

Mobile technology is revolutionising the healthcare market, offering opportunities to benefit the global population with a variety of healthcare needs, said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) following the publication of his Opinion on Mobile Health (mHealth). However, as a society we should take care to identify and support solutions which first and foremost serve individuals and respect their choices.

02/03/2015
2
Mar
2015

Leading by Example: EDPS Strategy 2015-2019

This evening, the new European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) unveiled his Strategy for 2015-2019 to senior representatives of the EU institutions. Following his appointment three months ago, Giovanni Buttarelli summarised the objectives for his five-year mandate and the actions his Office will take to turn his vision into reality.

28/01/2015
28
Jan
2015

The EU as a beacon of respect for data protection and privacy

Europe needs to be at the forefront in shaping a global, digital standard for privacy and data protection which centres on the rights of the individual, said the new European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today. Speaking on the occasion of Data Protection Day, Mr. Giovanni Buttarelli encouraged the European Union (EU) to lead by example as a beacon of respect for digital rights.