European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Press Releases

Press Releases

20/10/2016
20
Oct
2016

Towards a new reality: Taking back control of our online identities

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides individuals with increased control over how their personal data is collected and used online, but more can and should be done to ensure that individuals are able to take back control of their online identities, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today, as he published his Opinion on Personal Information Management Systems (PIMS).

23/09/2016
23
Sep
2016

Statement: The coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of Big Data

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Giovanni Buttarelli, has announced that he intends to set up a Digital Clearing House to promote more coherent enforcement of EU rules.  In a new Opinion, Coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of big data, published today, he drew attention to the mounting concern at concentration of market power and personal data in fewer and fewer hands, with the internet experience characterised by ‘walled gardens’ and take-it-or-leave-it data use policies. 

22/09/2016
22
Sep
2016

Migration, security and fundamental rights: A critical challenge for the EU

As the EU searches for the best approach to secure its borders, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said that citizens must be assured that the proposals put forward are effective, but that they also respect data protection laws.

25/07/2016
25
Jul
2016

ePrivacy rules should be smarter, clearer, stronger

A new proposal on ePrivacy should guarantee confidentiality of communications, offer clarity and complement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) as he published his Opinion on the review of the ePrivacy Directive.

18/07/2016
18
Jul
2016

Data protection and Whistleblowing in the EU Institutions

Confidentiality is the most effective incentive to encourage staff to report wrongdoing at work said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today as he published his Guidelines on Whistleblowing Procedures.

30/05/2016
30
May
2016

Privacy Shield: more robust and sustainable solution needed

In his capacity as an independent supervisor of the EU institutions and advisor to the EU legislator, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today published his Opinion on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield in which he offers practical solutions to address some of the concerns the proposal raises.

24/05/2016
24
May
2016

Data protection for the digital generation: the countdown to the GDPR begins

With new data protection rules now recognised as law, the EU must turn its attention to ensuring that they are successfully implemented, the European Data Protection Supervisor said to the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), as he presented his 2015 Annual Report.

19/05/2016
19
May
2016

New Regulation boosts the roles of EDPS and Europol

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Giovanni Buttarelli and the Director of the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol), Rob Wainwright, welcomed the recent adoption by the European Parliament of the new Regulation on Europol.

21/03/2016
21
Mar
2016

EDPS guide to securing information and business continuity

In his Guidance on Information Security Risk Management published today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) advises EU institutions on how to ensure a secure and trustworthy digital environment for the information that is essential for the functioning of their services.

18/03/2016
18
Mar
2016

Securing Europe’s Rights and Borders

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) says he supports the EU’s efforts to manage migration and reinforce internal security and offers his advice on the data protection implications of the EU’s recent proposal regarding the management of its external borders. In his Opinion on the proposed European Border and Coast Guard Regulation, he outlines his recommendations to make the proposal clearer and more workable.

12/02/2016
12
Feb
2016

EDPS welcomes EU-US "Umbrella Agreement" and stresses need for effective safeguards

In his Opinion, published today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) expressed his support for the EU-US Umbrella Agreement initiative. He recommended three essential improvements in the arrangement designed to set a global precedent for the sustainable sharing and transfer of personal data for law enforcement purposes, and to increase trust between the two strategic partners.

28/01/2016
28
Jan
2016

EDPS starts work on a New Digital Ethics

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) announced that the work on a new Digital Ethics is ready to begin. The EDPS has launched a broader discussion, both in the EU and globally, on how to ensure the integrity of our values while embracing the benefits of new technologies.

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26/01/2016
26
Jan
2016

The EDPS opens Reference Library

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) officially launched his institutions' Reference Library. The virtual library provides information on a selection of subjects covered in the course of the EDPS' supervision of the EU institutions and bodies.

22/01/2016
22
Jan
2016

EDPS: EU Institutions making steady progress

The EU institutions and bodies are making steady progress implementing data protection rules. This is the conclusion of the report published yesterday by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) on his latest stocktaking exercise.

07/01/2016
7
Jan
2016

Priorities for 2016: The EDPS as an advisor to the EU Institutions

As 2015 drew to a close, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published his Priorities for the policy and consultation activities of the organisation for 2016.

05/01/2016
5
Jan
2016

EDPS issues Guidelines on the use of eCommunications and Mobile Devices

On 17 December 2015, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published two sets of Guidelines for the EU institutions and bodies: one on personal data and electronic communications (eCommunications) and the other on personal data and mobile devices.

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