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20 April 2015
"Big data, big data protection: challenges and innovative solutions" - Giovanni Buttarelli to give a keynote speech at ERA Data Protection event on 11 May. Check the programme of the conference.
27 March 2015
Speech of Giovanni Buttarelli given at the Annual Dinner organised by Center for Democracy and Technology, Washington - watch the video.
10 March 2015
"Washington Meetings Program and the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program: A Conversation with Giovanni Buttarelli, Council on Foreign Relations", Washington DC. Read the speech.
02 March 2015

Leading by Example: EDPS Strategy 2015-2019. Please read the Strategy and the press release and watch our video.

16 February 2015

Our lastest newsletter is now available in French and German.

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Consultation


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.