The EDPS advises the EU institutions and bodies on data protection issues in a range of policy areas. His consultative role relates to proposals for new legislation, as well as soft law instruments (e.g. communications) that affect personal data protection in the EU. He also monitors new technologies that may have an impact on data protection. The objective is to ensure that the EU citizens' fundamental rights to protection of privacy and personal data are maintained, while society evolves.
One of the primary tasks of the EDPS is to examine the data protection and privacy impact of proposed new legislation. The EDPS Policy paper of 2014 elaborates on how this role is interpreted in terms of limitations in scope, working methods and main orientations. The EDPS uses different instruments in order to exercise this role.
The first instrument is a planning tool. Each year in December, the EDPS publishes an inventory of his priorities for the coming year. It lists the most relevant Commission proposals, which may require a formal reaction by the EDPS. Those proposals that are expected to have a strong impact on data protection are given high priority. This may also apply to research projects.
The second and most important instrument is the formal public opinion . By issuing opinions on a regular basis, the EDPS establishes a consistent policy on data protection issues. The opinions are addressed to those involved in the legislative negotiations, but also published on the website as well as in the Official Journal of the EU.
A third instrument of intervention is the EDPS comments , which address data protection issues for instance in Commission communications.
A final instrument is the possibility to intervene in cases before the Court of Justice, the Court of First Instance and the Civil Service Tribunal.
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An ethical approach to fundamental rights - read the latest blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli
Breaking the rules: conducting administrative inquiries in the EU institutions - read the latest blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski
An ancient city looking to the future: The 38th International Privacy Conference in Marrakech - read the latest blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli
Ch@arterClick! Project Workshop, Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli in Interactive Key-Note Panel: Plurality of legal instruments governing data protection – objectives, interactions, added value, Florence, Italy (via a video link)
Giovanni Buttarelli participates in DAPIX meeting, Brussels, Belgium
Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski meeting with Mrs Mari Sonoda, Secretary-General for PPC Secretariat, Brussels, Belgium
S&D Workshop on Consumers' rights in the digital world, European Parliament, Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli in panel on Relationship between the DCD and the GDPR, Brussels, Belgium
S&D Workshop on Consumers' rights in the digital world, European Parliament, Participation of Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Brussels, Belgium
VUB Data Protection Law Reading Group, Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Brussels, Belgium
Meeting of the Nordic Data Protection Commissioners, Participation of Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Brussels, Belgium
5th Data Protection Forum with ICO Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Brussels, Belgium