Looking for something to do in May? Why not come to EU Open Day to find out more about what we do to shape a safer digital future! Look back on our key achievements of the year 2022; discover or read up on Central Bank Digital Currency; and more in this edition of the EDPS Newsletter! This issue is also part of our podcast series, the Newsletter Digest.
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Europe Day is just around the corner!
Join us in celebrating Europe Day in Brussels and Strasbourg to learn more about data protection and what we do to shape a safer digital future!
We have planned a variety of activities suitable for all ages, with a chance for you to win a prize. So, join us on:
- 6th May, from 10 am to 6pm, in Brussels, in the Berlaymont building of the European Commission; and
- 13th May, from 10 am to 6pm, in Strasbourg, the European Parliament.
Europe Day is a special day because it marks the 73rd anniversary of the Schuman Declaration symbolising the beginning of what is now the European Union, a unified continent providing Europeans with rights, opportunities and security.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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Annual Report 2022: tackling the challenges of tomorrow
The EDPS published on 27 April 2023 its Annual Report 2022, which provides an insight into the EDPS’ most significant activities as the independent data protection supervisory authority of EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies.
In 2022, the EDPS took actions and initiatives aiming to create a tomorrow that can effectively tackle the challenges of today, to make the fundamental right to data protection a reality. This has been shown in many aspects of the EDPS’ work: through supervisory actions, policy and legislative advice, technology monitoring, and, last but not least, advancing the debate on the functioning and enforcement of the GDPR - in particular through the EDPS Conference 2022, “The Future of Data Protection: Effective Enforcement in the Digital World”.
Want to find out more about the EDPS’ key achievements in 2022?
TechDispatch #1/2023 - Central Bank Digital Currency
The EDPS has published its first TechDispatch of the year on Central Bank Digital Currency.
Countries around the world are examining whether they should offer central bank money to the public, not only as banknotes and coins, but also in digital form.
A majority of central banks around the world have already started exploring the possibility of launching a state-owned digital currency. This comes as a response to the increased adoption of digital, contactless payments, cryptocurrencies and e-commerce, further accelerated by Covid-19, and also due to the possibilities offered by these digital currencies as a more flexible monetary tool compared to the existing non-digital currency.
In its TechDispatch review, the EDPS helps you understand what is a central bank digital currency, its design model, privacy and data protection issues, and more.
Coordinated Enforcement Action on the role of data protection officers
Launched in March 2023, the EDPS is taking part in the European Data Protection Board’s (EDPB) Coordinated Enforcement Action on the role and tasks of data protection officers, alongside 26 data protection authorities of the EU and the European Economic Area (EU/EEA).
The EDPS’ cooperation in the EDPB’s Coordinated Enforcement Action will focus on the role, responsibilities and tasks of data protection officers in the EUIs. To support this work, the EDPS sent a questionnaire on 27th March 2023 to EU institutions’, bodies', offices' and agencies' (EUIs) data protection officers (DPO) with the aim of checking their compliance with the applicable data protection law, Regulation (EU) 2018/1725. This may involve checking, for example, DPOs’ independence, how they provide their advice and carry out their duties in light of EUIs’ activities implying the processing of individuals’ personal data.
Our EDPS Strasbourg office opens!
On 14th March, the EDPS opened its office in the European Parliament of Strasbourg, France.
Data protection is increasingly engrained in EU legislation. With this new office, the EDPS aims to provide additional support to the European Parliament in its legislative process, including during Plenary Sessions, fulfilling the EDPS’ role as advisor to the EU legislator on rules, initiatives, laws with an impact on EU citizens’ rights to privacy and to the protection of personal data.
By having a presence in Strasbourg, the EDPS aims to reinforce its cooperation with other EU institutions, as well as with the Council of Europe, and policymakers.
The EDPS’s visit to Strasbourg was punctuated with some productive discussions with different stakeholders from the President of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, the European Ombudsman, the Council of Europe, diverse Members of the European Parliament, to name a few examples.
Listen to our new podcast: the Newsletter Digest
Looking for on the go updates about the EDPS’ work in the field of Supervision & Enforcement; Policy & Consultation; Technology & Privacy in just under 10 minutes. Tune into our Newsletter Digest podcast!
In each episode, published once a month, learn more about a selection of the tangible actions the EDPS carries out to protect your personal data, to shape a safer digital future!
Ready to find out more about data protection? Listen now to the three first episodes of our series.
In episode 1, you can learn more about data protection and criminal justice; the EU Media Freedom Act; the donation of organs and data protection. With episode 2, you can find out more about personal data breaches. In episode 3, discover our pilot project, NextCloud; and the use of OpenSource Software, as well as more information on how we handle EDPS investigations.
Speeches & Articles
"EDPS Annual Report 2022: tackling the challenges of tomorrow", presentation at the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Brussels, Belgium
"12th Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol", speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Stockholm, Sweden