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When a proposal for legislation has a possible impact on data protection, the European Commission has to submit it to the EDPS for consultation. The EDPS analyses the proposal, taking into account the main elements affecting data protection, addressing issues such as:

  • What are the proposal's scope and purpose?
  • Are the means effective and proportionate?
  • Is there any processing of sensitive data?
  • How long are data preserved?
  • Who will have access to the data?
  • Will citizens be informed about this?
  • How can citizens exercise their rights?

The EDPS makes recommendations to improve the proposal in this respect. The opinion of the EDPS is formally issued and then forms part of the legislative process. Opinions are usually presented in European Parliament Committees, as well as in relevant working groups in the Council.


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Upgrading data protection rules for EU institutions and bodies

EDPS Opinion on the proposal for a Regulation on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC, 15 March 2017

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Contracts for the supply of digital content

EDPS Opinion on the Proposal for a Directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content, 14 March 2017

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European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS)

EDPS Opinion on the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), 6 March 2017

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European statistics

EDPS Opinion on the proposed common framework for European statistics relating to persons and households, 1 March 2017

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Anti-money laundering

EDPS Opinion on a Commission Proposal amending Directive (EU) 2015/849 and Directive 2009/101/EC, Access to beneficial ownership information and data protection implications, 2 February 2017

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Personal Information Management Systems

EDPS Opinion on Personal Information Management Systems - Towards more user empowerment in managing and processing personal data, 20 October 2016

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Executive summary

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Big Data

EDPS Opinion on coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of Big Data, 23 September 2016

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Executive summary

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Common European Asylum System

EDPS Opinion on the First reform package on the Common European Asylum System (Eurodac, EASO and Dublin regulations), 21 September 2016

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EU Smart Borders

EDPS Opinion on the Second EU Smart Borders Package, Recommendations on the revised Proposal to establish an Entry/Exit System, 21 September 2016

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Executive Summary

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ePrivacy

Preliminary EDPS Opinion on the review of the ePrivacy Directive (2002/58/EC), 22 July 2016

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Executive summary

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EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

Opinion on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield draft adequacy decision, 30 May 2016

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Executive summary

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Exchange of information regarding criminal records

Opinion on the exchange of information on third country nationals as regards the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS), 13 April 2016

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Executive summary

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European Border and Coast Guard Regulation

EDPS' recommendations on the proposed European Border and Coast Guard Regulation, 18 March 2016

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Executive summary

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EU-US Umbrella Agreement


Preliminary Opinion on the agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the protection of personal information relating to the prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of criminal offences, 12 February 2016
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Executive summary

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Intrusive surveillance technologies

Dissemination and use of intrusive surveillance technologies, Opinion of 15 December 2015

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Executive summary

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Meeting the challenges of big data

Meeting the challenges of big data, A call for transparency, user control, data protection by design and accountability, Opinion of 19 November 2015

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Executive summary

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EDPS recommendations on the Directive for data protection in the police and justice sectors

Opinion of 28 October 2015 - A further step towards comprehensive EU data protection, EDPS recommendations on the Directive for data protection in the police and justice sectors

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Annex - Comparative table of Directive texts with EDPS recommendations

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EDPS recommendations on the EU’s options for data protection reform

Opinion of 9 October 2015 with Addendum - Europe’s big opportunity, EDPS recommendations on the EU’s options for data protection reform
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Passenger Name Record

Second Opinion on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the use of Passenger Name Record data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime, 24 September 2015
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Executive summary

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Towards a new digital ethics: Data, Dignity and Technology

Opinion of 11 September 2015 - Towards a new digital ethics: Data, Dignity and Technology

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Executive summary

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Subjects

  • 25 March 2017

    60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. Giovanni Buttarelli to participate in the meeting of the 27 EU heads of state and heads of European Union institutions in Rome, Italy.

  • 15 March 2017

    Data Protection and the EU institutions. Read the latest blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli and the EDPS Opinion.

  • 15 March 2017

    EDPS sees opportunity for stronger consumer and data protection. Read the EDPS Opinion and the press release.

  • 13 March 2017

    2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners to be hosted in Brussels. Read the press statement.

  • 07 March 2017

    EDPS calls for consistent improvements in the approach to EU border policy. Read the EDPS Opinion and the press release.

  • 28 March 2017

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel and Director, Freedom, Security and Technology Project, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), Brussels, Belgium

  • 28 March 2017

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Cornelia Ernst, MEP, Brussels, Belgium

  • 27 March 2017

    Processing of personal data  by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies, Study group meeting, EESC, Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels Belgium

  • 25 March 2017

    60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties, Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli in the meeting of the 27 EU heads of state and heads of European Union institutions, Rome, Italy

  • 23 March 2017

    Forum on International Privacy Law, Participation of Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Königstein, Germany

  • 23 March 2017

    Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli in DAPIX, Brussels, Belgium

  • 23 March 2017

    Concurrences Review, Law & Economics Workshop: Big Data, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium

  • 13 March 2017

    Regulating Privacy through Ethical Standards and Accountability Principles in the era of Big Data, Keynote speech of Wojciech Wiewiórowski: Towards a new digital ethics – data, dignity and technology: How to ensure accountability in personal data management?, Brussels, Belgium