European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Big Data & Digital Clearinghouse

Big Data & Digital Clearinghouse

Big data and data mining put a strain on both the right to privacy and data protection, but also other fundamental rights including freedom of expression and non-discrimination.

This is because with the large amounts of data that is processed for data mining and the aggregation and analysis of huge volumes of diversely sourced information or big data, the individual risks being lost and defined only by data and algorithms.

Big data, along with machine learning and artificial intelligence, is therefore a long-term strategic concern not only for data protection and privacy regulators like the EDPS, but for other enforcement agencies in the areas of competition and consumer protection.

In light of this, the EDPS proposed the establishment of a Digital Clearinghouse to bring together agencies from the areas of competition, consumer and data protection willing to share information and discuss how best to enforce rules in the interests of the individual.

With our Opinions, workshops and also our proposal for a Digital Clearinghouse, the EDPS has kick-started a worldwide debate on the implications of big data and the need for reflection by legislators and regulators.

In addition to the documents below, you can also read about Big Data in our Reference Library.

On 14 March 2017 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on 'fundamental rights implications of big data: privacy, data protection, non-discrimination, security and law-enforcement' which included a call for "closer cooperation and coherence between different regulators” and endorsed “the establishment and further development of the Digital Clearinghouse  as a voluntary network of enforcement bodies can contribute to enhancing their work and their respective enforcement activities and can help deepen the synergies and the safeguarding of the rights and interests of individuals".

The 2017 International Conference of Privacy and Data Protection Commissioners also endorsed the Clearinghouse in its resolution to calling for greater cooperation between data protection and consumer authorities.

All regulators in the digital space, based in the EU or around the world, are invited to take part in discussions.

The Digital Clearinghouse met for the first time  in Brussels on 29 May 2017. Digital regulators discussions were informed by presentations from Monique Goyens, Bruce Schneier, Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Inge Graef, Tristan Harris and Alexandre de Streel. The statement from first meeting of the Digital Clearinghouse is available here.

The statement from second meeting of the Digital Clearinghouse is available here.  The meeting on 27 November 2017 focused on the four areas of common concern identified in the first meeting, namely fake news and voter manipulation, the emergence of attention markets and opacity of algorithms which determine how personal data are collected and used.  Further updates will be posted here.

The third meeting is scheduled for 21 June 2018.

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24/04/2018
24
Apr
2018

Privacy, data protection and cyber security in the era of AI

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at Telecommunications and Media Forum: Artificial Intelligence and the future Digital Single Market.

20/03/2018
20
Mar
2018

Data Protection and Privacy in 2018: Going beyond the GDPR

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).

19/03/2018
19
Mar
2018

2017 Annual Report - Data Protection and Privacy in 2018: going beyond the GDPR

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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E-book (e-pub):File
15/10/2017
15
Oct
2017

AIPPI World Congress, Sydney

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli to AIPPI (International Association for Protection of Intellectual Property) via videomessage, Sydney, Australia

Tuesday, 20 June, 2017
20
Jun
2017

Newsletter (N°
52
)

In the June 2017 edition of the EDPS Newsletter we introduce you to our new-look Newsletter and cover the EDPS Opinion on ePrivacy, our continuing work on data ethics and the launch of our 2016 Annual Report, as well as many other EDPS activities.
25/05/2017
25
May
2017

FutureTech Congress in Warsaw

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at the FutureTech Confress in Warsaw, Poland, for the panel "The impact of the GDPR on solutions based on Big Data processing"

17/05/2017
17
May
2017

19th Meeting of the Central and Eastern European DPAs

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at the 19th Meeting of the Central and Eastern European Data Protection Authorities (CEEDPA) in Tbilisi, Georgia
 

04/05/2017
4
May
2017

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

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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04/05/2017
4
May
2017

The state of privacy 2017: EDPS provides mid-mandate report

As we approach the mid-point of the current EDPS mandate and continue the countdown to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the EU must build on current momentum to reinforce its position as the leading force in the global dialogue on data protection and privacy in the digital age, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said today to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), as he presented his 2016 Annual Report.

04/05/2017
4
May
2017

The state of privacy 2017: mid-mandate report

The state of privacy 2017: mid-mandate report, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli for the presentation of the 2016 EDPS Annual Report to the LIBE Committee, European Parliament

01/03/2017
1
Mar
2017

European statistics

EDPS Opinion on the proposed common framework for European statistics relating to persons and households

26/01/2017
26
Jan
2017

Digital Rights and Enforcement

Opening statement by Giovanni Buttarelli for panel on Digital Rights and Enforcement, 10th Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference, Brussels, Belgium

12/01/2017
12
Jan
2017

Proposed Digital Content Directive

Giovanni Buttarelli's Address to Socialists and Democrats Group workshop on the Proposed Digital Content Directive, Brussels, Belgium

07/11/2016
7
Nov
2016

Privacy in an age of hyperconnectivity

Keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli to the Privacy and Security Conference 2016, Rust am Neusiedler See, Austria

27/10/2016
27
Oct
2016

Newsletter Nr. 49

The October 2016 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers recently adopted Opinions on Big Data and the EU border package, the EDPS Guidelines on Whistleblowing and many other EDPS activities.

29/09/2016
29
Sep
2016

Big Data individual rights and enforcement

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at EDPS-BEUC Joint Conference, Brussels

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23/09/2016
23
Sep
2016

Big Data

EDPS Opinion on coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of Big Data

23/09/2016
23
Sep
2016

Statement: The coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of Big Data

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Giovanni Buttarelli, has announced that he intends to set up a Digital Clearing House to promote more coherent enforcement of EU rules.  In a new Opinion, Coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of big data, published today, he drew attention to the mounting concern at concentration of market power and personal data in fewer and fewer hands, with the internet experience characterised by ‘walled gardens’ and take-it-or-leave-it data use policies. 

17/06/2016
17
Jun
2016

What impact of the data protection on the future of a global digital economy?

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, Paris, France

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