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Publication Complaints and Requests - F4E

Tuesday, 10 September, 2013
10
Sep
2013

Letter concerning ex-post prior-checking notification regarding F4E's "Complaints and Requests" (Case 2013-0709)

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.

You can get a paper version of this Annual Report from the EU Bookshop.

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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.

You can obtain a paper version of this Annual Report on EU Bookshop.

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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.

You can obtain a paper version of this Annual Report on EU Bookshop.

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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 Prague, 29-30 April 2010

Thursday, 29 April, 2010
29
Apr
2010
Resolution on the envisaged agreement between the European Union and the United States of America on data protection standards in the area of police and judicial co-operation in criminal mattersPDF icon
Resolution on future development of data protection and privacyPDF icon
Resolution on the use of body scanners for airport security purposesPDF icon
Resolution on the set up of joint actions of awareness and education of youngsters at a European and international levelPDF icon

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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Publication EDPS Comments on review of OLAF Regulation

Tuesday, 24 July, 2018
24
Jul
2018

Formal comments of the EDPS on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 883/2013 concerning investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) as regards cooperation with the European public Prosecutor’s Office and the effectiveness of OLAF investigations.

Publication EDPS comments on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters

Tuesday, 20 September, 2011
20
Sep
2011

Letter to Ms Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission on a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters

On 20 September 2011 the EDPS commented on the proposal for a Regulation on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters. The EDPS highlighted the importance, also in the area of data protection, of facilitating the settlement of cross-border disputes. The EDPS emphasized the need for further reflection on some of the issues raised in the proposal, also in the context of the ongoing review of the data protection framework in the EU.

- In particular, the EDPS encouraged further reflection on whether jurisdictional rules should protect the weaker party also in data protection litigation (as is already the case in employment, insurance and consumer protection matters).
- With regard to the retention of the exequatur for privacy, defamation, and rights relating to personality, and the possibility to deny recognition of judgments on public policy grounds in these cases, the EDPS noted the need for a strict interpretation of those exceptions, since there is a risk that the public policy ground could be used to deny recognition of judgments, and thus, ultimately discourage cross-border litigation within the EU.
- The EDPS further emphasized that it is not clear whether the above exception for privacy rights is intended to cover also violations of legal rules for the processing of personal data as provided for in the Data Protection Directive, and if so, to which extent this may be the case. This may create problems of interpretation and will not contribute to the legal certainty that the proposal aims to establish.
- Finally, the EDPS also encouraged further reflection on how to better align the courts' jurisdiction with the competence of data protection authorities. The two sets of jurisdictional rules should be aligned to avoid, whenever possible, that a data protection authority in one Member State, and a court in another Member State would be competent to handle disputes arising out of the same facts.

Letter of 20 September 2011 to Ms Viviane RedingPDF icon
Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial mattersPDF icon
Draft report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (COM(2010)0748 – C7-0433/2010 – 2010/0383(COD))PDF icon

Publication Comprehensive approach on personal data protection in the European Union

Friday, 14 January, 2011
14
Jan
2011

Opinion on the Communication from the Commission on "A comprehensive approach on personal data protection in the European Union", OJ C 181/01, 22.06.2011, p.1

See also the text of the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - "A comprehensive approach on personal data protection in the European Union".

Publication Exchange of information under the principle of availability

Tuesday, 28 February, 2006
28
Feb
2006

Opinion on the Proposal for a Council Framework Decision on the exchange of information under the principle of availability (COM (2005)490 final), OJ C 116, 17.05.2006, p. 8

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