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6
Dec
2019

Wojciech Wiewiórowski to serve as European Data Protection Supervisor from 2019-2024

The appointment of Wojciech Wiewiórowski as the new European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) was confirmed on 5 December 2019. The Pole, who served as Assistant Supervisor under the late Giovanni Buttarelli during the 2014-2019 mandate, takes up his new position today.

Available languages: German, English, French
28
Nov
2019

EDPS investigates European Parliament’s 2019 election activities and takes enforcement actions

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is carrying out an investigation into the European Parliament’s use of a US-based political campaigning company to process personal data as part of its activities relating to the 2019 EU parliamentary election, the Assistant EDPS announced today.

Available languages: German, English, French
7
Nov
2019

EDPS calls for a pragmatic and balanced approach in the fight against crime

In a world transformed by new technologies, it is vital to ensure that law enforcement and judicial authorities have access to the necessary information and tools that are effective in the fight against terrorism and other crimes.

Available languages: German, English, French
22
Oct
2019

EDPS software receives Global Privacy and Data Protection Award

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has received the Global Privacy and Data Protection Award for innovation. The award recognises EDPS efforts to develop a Website Evidence Collector and was presented at the annual International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC), taking place this year in Tirana, Albania.

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21
Oct
2019

EDPS investigation into IT contracts: stronger cooperation to better protect rights of all individuals

Cooperation between public authorities in the Member States, EU institutions and other international organisations is essential to ensure that contractual arrangements and measures with Microsoft provide the same level of protection for individual rights throughout the European Economic Area (EEA).

Available languages: English
10
Jul
2019

Press Statement - Data Protection and Competitiveness in the Digital Age

More than 300 guests attended a high-calibre panel discussion yesterday on the challenges for data protection and competitiveness in the digital age. Organised by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and the German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI), topics up for discussion included possibilities for cooperation between regulators and the challenges new technologies pose to effective data protection.

Available languages: English
12
Jun
2019

Internet Privacy Engineering Network discusses state of the art technology for privacy and data protection

The 2019 Internet Privacy Engineering Network (IPEN) workshop takes place today at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy. Co-hosted by LUISS University and the Università di Roma Tor Vergata, this year’s workshop will focus on what constitutes state of the art technology in data protection by design, in an effort to help establish a common understanding of this concept, the European Data Protection Supervisor explained.

Available languages: English
3
Jun
2019

Press Release - EDPS flags data protection issues on EU institutions’ websites

An inspection carried out by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) on the websites of major EU institutions and bodies revealed data protection and data security issues in seven out of the ten websites inspected. Each of the institutions concerned has received recommendations from the EDPS on how to ensure their websites are fully compliant with data protection rules and the relevant institutions have reacted swiftly to start rectifying the problems identified, the European Data Protection Supervisor said today.

Available languages: English
16
May
2019

Press Statement - Europe votes 2019: Data protection is a prerequisite for fair and democratic elections

The European parliamentary elections are increasingly in the spotlight as the polls of 23-26 May approach. In the face of ongoing political turbulence, it is important that the EU continue to lead the way in promoting a healthy civic society through a robust election process.

Available languages: English
8
Apr
2019

EDPS investigates contractual agreements concerning software used by EU institutions

As the supervisory authority for all EU institutions, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is responsible for enforcing and monitoring their compliance with data protection rules. In this capacity, the EDPS is undertaking an investigation into the compliance of contractual arrangements concluded between the EU institutions and Microsoft, the European Data Protection Supervisor said today.

Available languages: English
26
Feb
2019

EDPS launches first Annual Report of new data protection era

2018 was a busy year for the EDPS and a pivotal year for data protection in general. Under new data protection rules, the rights of every individual living in the EU are now better protected than ever, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today, as he presented his 2018 Annual Report to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).

Available languages: English
11
Dec
2018

EDPS welcomes adoption of new data protection rules for EU institutions

The adoption of new data protection rules for the EU institutions and bodies represents another vital step forward in the development of a comprehensive EU framework for data protection in the digital age, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today.

Available languages: English
24
Oct
2018

EDPS welcomes delegates to Brussels 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) welcomed over 1000 delegates to the European Parliament in Brussels this morning to debate digital ethics, as part of the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC).

Available languages: English
8
Oct
2018

EDPS calls for closer alignment between consumer and data protection rules in the EU

Consumer law and data protection can no longer afford to work in silos. The EU needs a big-picture approach to addressing systemic harms to individuals in digital markets, involving closer cooperation between enforcers in order to avoid legal uncertainty, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said, as he published his Opinion on the legislative package A New Deal for Consumers.

Available languages: English
3
Oct
2018

Apple CEO Tim Cook joins stellar line-up for 2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is pleased to announce that Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, will deliver the keynote speech at Debating Ethics, the public session of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, on Wednesday 24 October 2018.

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16
Apr
2018

EDPS calls for wider debate on the future of information sharing in the EU

The EU needs a smarter approach to information sharing in order to address challenges relating to security and border management. Interoperability, the process of enabling large-scale EU databases to communicate and exchange information, might prove a useful tool, but it is also likely to have profound legal and societal consequences, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today, as he published his

Available languages: English
26
Mar
2018

EDPS helping EU institutions to prepare for new chapter in EU data protection

Two months before the new data protection rules set out in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) become applicable, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has published two new sets of Guidelines. The Guidelines provide advice to the EU institutions on how to adapt to this new chapter in EU data protection, which is notable for the emphasis it places on the principle of accountability.

Available languages: English