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Publication 2013 Annual report - A single set of rules for all: EU Data Protection Reform can support businesses and protect citizens

Tuesday, 1 April, 2014
1
Apr
2014

In 2013, in the context of his consultation work advising on new legislative measures, the review of the EU legal framework for data protection continued to be at the top of the EDPS agenda and will remain a priority in 2014. The Digital Agenda and the privacy risks of new technologies were also significant features of 2013.

The implementation of the Stockholm programme in the area of freedom, security and justice and issues in the internal market, such as financial sector reform, and in public health and consumer affairs, also had an impact on data protection. The EDPS also increased his cooperation with other supervisory authorities, particularly with regard to large-scale IT systems.

In the supervision of EU institutions and bodies, when processing personal data, the EDPS interacted with more data protection officers in more institutions and bodies in 2013 than ever before. In addition, a number of EDPS surveys revealed that most EU institutions and bodies, including many agencies, have made good progress in complying with the data protection Regulation, although there are still some which should increase their efforts.

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Publication 2012 Annual report - 'Smart, sustainable, inclusive Europe' : only with stronger and more effective data protection

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013
29
May
2013

In the course of 2012, we once again set new benchmarks in different areas of activity. In the supervision of EU institutions and bodies, when processing personal data, we interacted with more data protection officers in more institutions and bodies than ever before. In addition, we saw the effects of our new enforcement policy: most EU institutions and bodies, including many agencies, are making good progress in complying with the Data Protection Regulation, although there are still some which should increase their efforts.

In the consultation of new legislative measures, we issued a record number of opinions on a wide range of subjects. The Review of the EU legal framework for data protection was at the top of our agenda. However, the implementation of the Stockholm programme in the area of freedom, security and justice and the Digital Agenda, as well as issues in the internal market, such as financial sector reform and in public health and consumer affairs, also had an impact on data protection. We also increased our cooperation with other supervisory authorities.

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Publication 2014 Annual Report - EU Data Protection Reform: a historic opportunity for Europe

Thursday, 2 July, 2015
2
Jul
2015

2014 was a year of transition for the EDPS, marked by the delayed selection and appointment of a new Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor. Despite the resulting uncertainty, the EDPS under the calm authority and tireless efforts of Peter Hustinx, whose 10-year tenure as EDPS drew to a close in 2014, continued to make significant progress in mainstreaming data protection in EU policymaking.

Building on this legacy, the EDPS' priorities for 2015, as part of the five year strategy of the dynamic team of new Supervisors, is to help the EU to speak with one voice on data protection to uphold the rights and interests of the individual in our digitalised society. To this end, the adoption of the data protection reform will be a significant milestone for Europe and an important message to the rest of the world.

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Press Release The EU should ensure an area of freedom, security and justice with the rights of individuals at its core

04/06/2014
4
Jun
2014

The EDPS today called on the European Council to place the rights of individuals at the core of justice and security policies in the years to come.

Publication 2005 Annual Report - Consolidating the EDPS

Wednesday, 19 April, 2006
19
Apr
2006

While the first year was devoted to setting up the EDPS, the second year was one of consolidation. The office grew slightly and benefited from the establishment of a press service. At the same time, core business work developed, as the EDPS became more known among the EC institutions and bodies. The number of prior checks grew to 34 and a paper on the role of the DPOs was published. Some 6 legislative opinions were presented, mostly relating to the area of "Justice, Freedom and Security".

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Press Release EDPS launches first Annual Report of new data protection era

26/02/2019
26
Feb
2019

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).

Press Release Data Protection and Privacy in 2018: Going beyond the GDPR

20/03/2018
20
Mar
2018

2018 will be a landmark year for data protection. As co-host of the 2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) and a key player in the reform and implementation of the new EU data protection framework, the EDPS will remain at the forefront of the global dialogue on data protection and privacy in the digital age, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today, as he presented his 2017 Annual Report to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).

Publication 2008 Annual Report - First mandate concludes with substantial progress in data protection compliance

Thursday, 24 September, 2009
24
Sep
2009

This Report, which covers 2008 as the fourth full year of activity of the EDPS, concludes the first EDPS mandate and provides an opportunity to take stock of developments since the start.

The report shows that significant progress was achieved both in the EDPS supervisory and advisory tasks. Most Community institutions and bodies are making good progress in ensuring compliance with data protection rules, but there are still great challenges ahead. The EDPS supervision work is therefore putting more emphasis on measuring the level of compliance in practice, in particular through more systematic verifications on the spot, and on monitoring the implementation of recommendations in prior checking.

The EDPS also further improved his performance as an advisor to the European institutions and submitted opinions on an increasing number of legislative proposals. The majority of the EDPS opinions continued to concern issues related to the area of freedom, security and justice. Other subjects, such as e-privacy, public access to documents, the establishment of information systems and access to those systems, cross-border healthcare and new technologies were also quite prominent.

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Publication Presentation of the EDPS 2014 Annual Report at LIBE

Thursday, 2 July, 2015
2
Jul
2015

Presentation of the EDPS 2014 Annual Report during the meeting of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, speech of Giovanni Buttarelli, European Parliament, Brussels

Publication 2011 Annual Report - A consistent and effective approach to privacy and data protection is needed

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012
20
Jun
2012

2011 was a very productive year, in line with our efforts to ensure consistent and effective protection of privacy and personal data in a fast-changing, interconnected world.In its support of technological advances and economic development, particularly in an age of austerity, it is important that the EU administration does not lose sight of the right of the European citizen to privacy and data protection. Only a joint effort to apply a consistent and effective approach will maintain this fundamental right.

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Publication 2007 Annual Report - Enhanced data protection needs to be delivered in practice

Thursday, 15 May, 2008
15
May
2008

The report runs through the main features of the EDPS activities in 2007, notably with regard to his supervisory and consultative tasks.
The report highlights a considerable increase in the number of prior-checks relating to processing operations of personal data in Community institutions and bodies. The EDPS also gave further effect to his advisory role on new EU legislative proposals having an impact on data protection with the publication of 12 opinions. 
2007 saw the signing of the Lisbon Treaty that provides for an enhanced protection of personal data and whose impact for data protection will be closely monitored.

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Publication 2009 Annual Report - A year of major importance for the fundamental right to data protection

Friday, 3 December, 2010
3
Dec
2010

The report shows that 2009 was of major importance for the fundamental right to data protection.

This is due to a number of key developments: the entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty, ensuring a strong legal basis for comprehensive data protection in all areas of EU policy; the start of a public consultation on the future of the EU legal framework for data protection; and the adoption of a new five-year policy programme for the area of freedom, security and justice ("Stockholm Programme") with the emphasis on the importance of data protection in this area.

The EDPS has been highly involved in these fields and is determined to pursue this course in the near future. 

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Publication 2010 Annual Report - An increased effort is required to ensure effective data protection in practice

Wednesday, 15 June, 2011
15
Jun
2011

"The Annual Report clearly shows that 2010 has been a very busy, dynamic, but also very productive year for everyone at the EDPS and for data protection in general. This is fully in line with the need to increase our efforts to ensure a more effective protection of privacy and personal data in a changing world which is increasingly global, Internet driven and dependent on the wide spread use of ICTs in all areas of life. This trend affects every single one of us, so it is crucially important for the EU as a whole and for the activities of the EU administration." Peter Hustinx, EDPS

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Publication Strategy 2013-2014

Tuesday, 22 January, 2013
22
Jan
2013

This report sets out the Strategy for the Period 2013-2014 adopted by the EDPS. Although this is a two-year strategy, it aims to lay longer-term foundations. The purpose of this strategy is to enable us to fulfil our commitments towards citizens and the EU institutions and bodies in a challenging and continuously evolving environment. With this report we also inform our stakeholders on how we will carry out our activities.

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From the left: Peter Hustinx, EDPS, Viviane Reding, European Commission Vice-President, Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant EDPS. 22 January 2013. © EC
From the left: Peter Hustinx, EDPS, Viviane Reding, European Commission Vice-President, Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant EDPS. 22 January 2013. © EC
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Publication 2017 Annual Report - Data Protection and Privacy in 2018: going beyond the GDPR

Monday, 19 March, 2018
19
Mar
2018

The GDPR is an outstanding achievement for the EU, its legislators and stakeholders, but the EU's work to ensure that data protection goes digital is far from finished. The majority of the world population now has access to the internet, while tech giants now represent the six highest valued companies in the world. With this in mind, in 2017 the EDPS issued advice to the legislator on the new ePrivacy Regulation, as well as pursuing his own initiatives relating to the Digital Clearinghouse and Digital Ethics, the latter of which will be the main topic of discussion at the 2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, co-hosted by the EDPS.

Finalising and implementing a revised version of the current legislation governing data protection in the EU institutions and bodies as soon as possible is also a priority, if the EU is to remain a credible and effective leader in the protection of individuals' rights. The EDPS intends to exercise the powers granted to him in the revised Regulation efficiently and responsibly, in order to ensure that the EU's institutions and bodies set an example for the rest of the EU to follow. For this reason, the EDPS has invested a lot of effort in preparing the EU institutions for the new rules and will continue to do so throughout 2018.  

In 2017, the EDPS also contributed to ongoing discussions on the Privacy Shield and on the free flow of data in trade agreements, which will remain on the EU and EDPS agenda throughout 2018. With the fight against terrorism still a pressing concern for the EU, the EDPS continues to advocate the need to find a balance between security and privacy in the processing of personal data by law enforcement authorities. As the new data protection supervisor for Europol, the EU’s police authority, he is determined to ensure that the EU sets an example in achieving this balance.

 

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Publication 2004 Annual Report - Building a new institution

Thursday, 31 March, 2005
31
Mar
2005

2004 was the year in which the EDPS was set up, with indispensable assistance from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission. Although the legal obligation to respect data protection was not new to the EC institutions and bodies, they face a new situation - being monitored by an independent supervisory authority. The EDPS took a pragmatic approach to enforcing data protection and allowed for a learning period, during which a sound data protection culture can be developed. 2004 also saw the EDPS establishing himself as an advisor to the legislative procedures by issuing his first consultative opinion.

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Publication 2016 Annual Report - The state of privacy 2017: EDPS provides mid-mandate report

Thursday, 4 May, 2017
4
May
2017

The new EU data protection framework consists of much more than just the GDPR. New rules for the EU institutions and ePrivacy are yet to be finalised, and remain a key focal point for EDPS work. As well as providing advice to the legislator on these new rules, the EDPS has started working with the EU institutions and bodies to prepare them for the changes to come. A particular focus of his efforts in 2016 was on promoting accountability, a central pillar of the GDPR which it is safe to assume will also be integrated into the new rules for EU institutions and bodies.

In 2016, the EDPS also made a considerable effort to help move the global debate on data protection and privacy forward and mainstream data protection into international policies. He advised the EU legislator on the Umbrella agreement and the Privacy Shield and engaged with data protection and privacy commissioners from every continent. He also continued to pursue new initiatives, such as the Ethics Advisory Group, through which he intends to stimulate global debate on the ethical dimension of data protection in the digital era.

The EDPS aims to make data protection as simple and effective as possible for all involved. This requires ensuring that EU policy both reflects the realities of data protection in the digital era and encourages compliance through accountability.

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Publication 2006 Annual Report - Time for the EU administration to show data protection compliance

Wednesday, 2 May, 2007
2
May
2007

During his third year of activities, the EDPS continued to invest in the establishment of an advanced data protection culture within the EC institutions and bodies. Since 2004, almost 150 prior checks of risky processing systems and 25 opinions on proposals for new legislation have been issued. It is now time for the EDPS to broaden his supervisory activities and start to inspect and measure results.

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