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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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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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Big Data

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

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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 Package

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

Opinion of 27 July 2015 - Europe’s big opportunity, EDPS recommendations on the EU’s options for data protection reform
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Annex - Comparative table of GDPR texts with EDPS recommendations

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Executive summary

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EU-Switzerland agreement on the automatic exchange of tax information

Opinion of 8 July 2015 on the EU-Switzerland agreement on the automatic exchange of tax information

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Executive summary

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Mobile health

Opinion of 21 May 2015 on Mobile Health - Reconciling technological innovation with data protection  

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Executive summary

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Drones

Opinion of 26 November 2014 on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on “A new era for aviation - Opening the aviation market to the civil use of remotely piloted aircraft systems in a safe and sustainable manner”

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Executive Summary

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Shareholders Rights Directive

Opinion of 28 October on the Commission Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council regarding the encouragement of long-term shareholder engagement and certain elements of the corporate governance statement

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Executive Summary

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Subjects

  • 01 December 2016

    An ethical approach to fundamental rights - read the latest blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli

  • 18 November 2016

    Breaking the rules: conducting administrative inquiries in the EU institutions - read the latest blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski

  • 15 November 2016

    An ancient city looking to the future: The 38th International Privacy Conference in Marrakech - read the latest blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli

  • 08 November 2016

    A smart approach: counteract the bias in artificial intelligence - read the latest blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli.

  • 07 November 2016

    Data protection for digital communication - read the latest blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

  • 01 December 2016

    7th Annual Data Protection and Privacy Conference, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium

  • 01 December 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, Brussels, Belgium

  • 29 November 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli participates in the meeting of High Level Expert Group on Information Systems and Interoperability, Brussels, Belgium

  • 29 November 2016

    46th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum, panel on International Cooperation. Personal Data Protection Agreements. Relevant Experiences and Convention 108, Speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Manzanillo, Mexico

  • 28 November 2016

    Wojciech Wiewiórowski receives a delegation from Korea Internet Security Agency, Brussels, Belgium

  • 25 November 2016

    Wojciech Wiewiórowski pays a visit to European Union Intellectual Property Office, Alicante, Spain

  • 24 November 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Julian King, Commissioner for Security Union, Brussels, Belgium

  • 23 November 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen, Secretary-General of the Council, Brussels, Belgium