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20
May
2022

A new United Nations convention on cybercrime: fundamental rights come first

The EDPS published on 18 May 2022 its Opinion concerning the EU’s participation in the United Nations’ negotiations for a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes (the future UN convention on cybercrime).

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18
May
2022

EDPS welcomes much-needed harmonised rules on cybersecurity and information security for all EUIs.

On 17 May 2022, the EDPS published two Opinions, one on the Proposal for a Regulation laying down measures for a high common level of cybersecurity in the EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies (EUIs) (‘Cybersecurity Proposal’) and

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28
Apr
2022

EDPS launches pilot phase of two social media platforms

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) launches today the public pilot phase of two social media platforms: EU Voice  and EU Video.

EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies (EUIs) participating in the pilot phase of these platforms will be able to interact with the public by sharing short texts, images and videos on EU Voice; and by sharing, uploading, commenting videos and podcasts on EU Video.

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20
Apr
2022

Annual Report 2021: an efficient administration respects the rule of law

Today, the EDPS published its Annual Report 2021. The report highlights the EDPS’ achievements regarding European Union institutions’ (EU institutions) compliance with the data protection framework. The Report also underscores the EDPS’ increasing role in advocating for the respect of privacy and data protection in EU legislation.

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12
Apr
2022

EDPS issues a reprimand to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) for moving to the cloud without proper data protection assessment

On 1 April 2022, the EDPS reprimanded the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) for a breach of the Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, applicable to Union institutions, offices, bodies and agencies.

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16
Mar
2022

EDPB & EDPS adopt joint opinion on the extension of the EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation

The EDPB and EDPS have adopted a joint opinion on the European Commission’s proposals to extend the current Regulations on the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) by 12 months and to amend certain provisions, such as a broadening of the types of COVID tests accepted in the context of travels within the EU and clarifying that vaccination certificates should contain the number of doses administered to the holder, regardless of the Member State in which t

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4
Mar
2022

EDPS report: EU Institutions’ resilience to COVID-19

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published a report on the new processing operations,  and on the IT tools that EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies (EUIs) introduced to ensure business continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic and the compliance of these activities with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725.

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18
Feb
2022

Data protection and use of cloud by public sector: the EDPS initiates and participates in the 2022 Coordinated Enforcement Action of the EDPB

The 2022 Coordinated Enforcement Action (CEF) of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) officially kicked off on 15 February 2022 with a series of actions that will be taken by the 22 participating supervisory authorities competent at national and EU level.

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21
Jan
2022

International cooperation to fight crime should comply with EU law

The EDPS published on 20 January 2022 his Opinion on two Proposals: one to authorise EU Member States to sign the second Protocol to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, and one to authorise EU Member States to ratify this same Protocol.

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19
Jan
2022

New Regulation on European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA) will strengthen personal data protection of asylum seekers

Today marks the entry into force of Regulation 2021/2303, establishing a European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA) to replace and succeed to the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), and transform it into a fully-fledged asylum agency.

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10
Jan
2022

EDPS orders Europol to erase data concerning individuals with no established link to a criminal activity

On 3 January 2022, the EDPS notified Europol of an order to delete data concerning individuals with no established link to a criminal activity (Data Subject Categorisation). This Decision concludes the EDPS’ inquiry launched in 2019.

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26
Aug
2021

Fair access to credit through consumer and data protection

On 26 August, the EDPS published his Opinion on the European Commission’s proposed Directive on consumer credits. The proposal aims to modernise existing consumer credit rules to address changes brought about by digitalisation and other market trends, such as the increased use of online sales channels or new forms of consumer credits, for example short-term high-cost loans.

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21
Jun
2021

EDPB & EDPS call for ban on use of AI for automated recognition of human features in publicly accessible spaces, and some other uses of AI that can lead to unfair discrimination

Brussels, 21 June - The EDPB and EDPS have adopted a joint opinion on the European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation laying down harmonised rules on artificial intelligence (AI).

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27
May
2021

The EDPS opens two investigations following the “Schrems II” Judgement

The EDPS launched two investigations today, one regarding the use of cloud services provided by Amazon Web Services and Microsoft under Cloud II contracts by European Union institutions, bodies and agencies (EUIs) and one regarding the use of Microsoft Office 365 by the European Commission.

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