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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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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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European Border and Coast Guard Regulation

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

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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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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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European e-Justice Portal

Opinion of 5 September 2014 on the Commission Decision on the protection of personal data in the European e-Justice Portal
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Executive Summary
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Single-member private limited liability companies

Opinion of 23 July on the Commission Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on single-member private limited liability companies
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Executive Summary
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Reporting and transparency of securities financing transactions

Opinion of 11 July 2014 on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on structural measures improving the resilience of EU credit institutions and on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reporting and transparency of securities financing transactions
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Executive Summary

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Europe's role in shaping the future of Internet Governance

Opinion of 23 June 2014 on the Commission Communication on Internet Policy and Governance - Europe`s role in shaping the future of Internet Governance

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Executive Summary

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Future development of the area of freedom, security and justice

Opinion of 4 June 2014 on the future development of the area of freedom, security and justice

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Executive Summary

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European network of Employment Services

Opinion of 3 April 2014 on the Commission Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a European network of Employment Services, workers' access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets.

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Executive Summary

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  • 28 April 2016

    39th Meeting of the Data Protection Officers and the European Data Protection Supervisor at the Eurofound, Dublin. Read more and check the agenda.

  • 27 April 2016

    GDPR requires DPOs: EU institutions leading by example. Read the latest blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

  • 21 April 2016

    Counterterrorism and Data Privacy: A European Perspective. Read the speech by Giovanni Buttarelli given at to the symposium on Governing Intelligence: Transnational Approaches to Oversight and Security, hosted by the Center on Law and Security and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

  • 20 April 2016

    Ethics at the Root of Privacy and as the Future of Data Protection. Read the address by Giovanni Buttarelli given at event hosted by Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and the MIT Internet Policy Initiative and the MIT Media Lab.

  • 19 April 2016

    On 16 June 2016 the EDPS will meet the civil society organisations to discuss the state of data protection and privacy in the EU. Read more and sign up here

  • 29 April 2016

    Privacy: The Competitive Advantage, Speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, London, UK

  • 28 April 2016

    Conference on General Data Protection Regulation, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli (via video), Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 27 April 2016

    39th DPO meeting hosted by Eurofound, Introductory speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Dublin, Ireland

  • 25 April 2016

    European Data Protection Days, Keynote by Giovanni Buttarelli on Enduring values and sustainable solutions: The GDPR as a catalyst for individual digital rights across the globe and participation in a discussion on Chances, challenges and the latest developments in international data protection, Berlin, Germany

  • 21 April 2016

    Intelligence Oversight Conference, New York University School of Law, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, New York, USA

  • 20 April 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli visits the Congress, Washington, D.C., USA

  • 20 April 2016

    10th Annual Digital Regulation Forum, Policies for the Digital Single Market; an Evolution or a Revolution?, Interactive Panel Discussion: How does the emergence of online platforms affect the Digital Single Market?, Speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, London, UK

  • 19 April 2016

    Annual Congress of Italian DPOs (ASSO), Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli (via video), Milan, Italy