European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor



Press Release EDPS Annual Report 2011: a consistent and effective approach to privacy and data protection is needed


Today Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant Supervisor, presented their Annual Report of activities for 2011 to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament. This Report covers the seventh full year of activity of the EDPS as an independent supervisory body.

Publication Management of personal files - INEA

Tuesday, 18 March, 2014

Opinion on the notification for prior checking received from the Data Protection Officer of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) concerning the management of personal files (Cases 2013-1365)

Publication Factsheet 3 - Supervising EU institutions and bodies & enforcing data protection principles

Monday, 11 November, 2013


When EU institutions and bodies process personal data, they must comply with the principle of accountability and the obligations set out in the EU Data Protection Regulation 45/2001. EDPS Factsheet 3 provides information on how the EDPS works with the EU insitutions to ensure they achieve compliance.

Publication The DPO at work

Wednesday, 8 June, 2011
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Tips and best practices for a professional Data Protection Officer

Publication DPO at work

Monday, 13 June, 2005
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Publication 2014 Annual Report - EU Data Protection Reform: a historic opportunity for Europe

Thursday, 2 July, 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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Publication 2005 Annual Report - Consolidating the EDPS

Wednesday, 19 April, 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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Publication Presentations: Introduction to data protection

Monday, 19 December, 2016
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DPO Corner: Introduction to data protection, legal basis, rights of data subjects, transfers of data, prior checking procedures.

Introduction to data protectionOffice presentation icon
Controller ProcessorOffice presentation icon
Legal basisOffice presentation icon
Rights of data subjectsOffice presentation icon
Transferts Office presentation icon
Prior checking procedureOffice presentation icon
TransfertsOffice presentation icon

Publication 42nd Meeting of the Data Protection Officers and the EDPS

Friday, 13 October, 2017

42nd Meeting of the Data Protection Officers of the EU institutions and the European Data Protection Supervisor, European Medicine Agency, London, UK.

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Workshop on documentation under the “new 45”: Scenario “DEMIGOD”PDF icon
Documentation and "new 45": DPIAs records & co (ppt)Office presentation icon
Final transition action planPDF icon
Revised DPO Policy Paper (ppt)Office presentation icon
Overview of recent case law (ppt)Office presentation icon
Personal Data Breaches (ppt)File
State of Play, Supervision and Enforcement (ppt)Office presentation icon

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

Thursday, 24 September, 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 Tasks, duties and powers of the Data Protection Officer (Article 24.8)

Thursday, 29 July, 2010

Guidelines concerning implementing rules concerning the tasks, duties and powers of the Data Protection Officer (Article 24.8)

Publication Factsheet 1 - Your personal information and the EU administration: What are your rights?

Tuesday, 31 January, 2012


Everyone is entitled to protect their personal information. Data protection is a fundamental right, protected by European law and enshrined in Article 8 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. EDPS Factsheet 1 provides you with information on your data protection rights and how to exercise them.

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

Thursday, 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

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. 

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

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