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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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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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Privacy and competitiveness in the age of big data

Preliminary Opinion of 26 March 2014 on "Privacy and competitiveness in the age of big data: The interplay between data protection, competition law and consumer protection in the Digital Economy"

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Executive Summary

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EU-China Joint Customs Cooperation Committee

Opinion of 14 March 2014 on the proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, in the EU-China Joint Customs Cooperation Committee regarding mutual recognition of the Authorised Economic Operator Programme in the European Union and the Measures on Classified Management of Enterprises Program in the People’s Republic of China

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Executive Summary

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Protection of undisclosed know-how and business information

Opinion of 12 March 2014 on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure
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Application of the law on customs and agricultural matters

Opinion of 11 March 2014 on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 515/97 of 13 March 1997 on mutual assistance between the administrative authorities of the Member States and cooperation between the latter and the Commission to ensure the correct application of the law on customs and agricultural matters
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Executive Summary
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Package of legislative measures reforming Eurojust

Opinion of 5 March 2014 on the package of legislative measures reforming Eurojust and setting up the European Public Prosecutor's Office ('EPPO')
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Executive Summary

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Rebuilding Trust in EU-US Data Flows

Opinion of 20 February 2014 on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on "Rebuilding Trust in EU-US Data Flows" and on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on "the Functioning of the Safe Harbour from the Perspective of EU Citizens and Companies Established in the EU"
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Executive Summary

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Firearms and the internal security of the EU: protecting citizens and disrupting illegal trafficking

Opinion of 17 February 2014 on the Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on "Firearms and the internal security of the EU: protecting citizens and disrupting illegal trafficking"
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Executive Summary

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Payment services

Opinion of 5 December 2013 on a proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on payment services in the internal market amending Directives 2002/65/EC, 2006/48/EC and 2009/110/EC and repealing Directive 2007/64/EC, and for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on interchange fees for card-based payment transactions
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Executive Summary

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European single market for electronic communications

Opinion of 14 November 2013 on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down measures concerning the European single market for electronic communications and to achieve a Connected Continent, and amending Directives 2002/20/EC, 2002/21/EC and 2002/22/EC and Regulations (EC) No 1211/2009 and (EU) No 531/2012
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Executive Summary

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Electronic invoicing in public procurement

Opinion of 11 November 2013 on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on electronic invoicing in public procurement
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Deployment of the eCall System

Opinion of 29 October 2013 on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning type-approval requirements for the deployment of the eCall system and amending Directive 2007/46/EC
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Executive Summary

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Passenger Name Record data - Agreement between Canada and the European Union

Opinion of 30 September 2013 on the Proposals for Council Decisions on the conclusion and the signature of the Agreement between Canada and the European Union on the transfer and processing of Passenger Name Record data
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Executive Summary

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Entry/Exit System (EES) and Registered Traveller Programme (RTP)

Opinion of 18 July 2013 on the Proposals for a Regulation establishing an Entry/Exit System (EES) and a Regulation establishing a Registered Traveller Programme (RTP)
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Executive Summary

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Community trade mark

Opinion of 11 July 2013 on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks (recast) and the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 on the Community trade mark
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Executive Summary

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Prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing

Opinion of 4 July 2013 on a proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing, and a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on information on the payer accompanying transfers of funds

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Executive Summary

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Cyber Security Strategy of the European Union: an Open, Safe and Secure Cyberspace

Opinion of 14 June 2013 on the Joint Communication of the Commission and of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on a 'Cyber Security Strategy of the European Union: an Open, Safe and Secure  Cyberspace', and on the Commission proposal for a Directive concerning measures to ensure a high common level of network and information security across the Union

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning measures to ensure a high common level of network and information security across the Union

Joint Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union: An Open, Safe and Secure Cyberspace

Executive Summary

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Transparency of measures regulating the prices of medicinal products

Opinion of 30 May 2013 on the amended Commission proposal for a Directive on the transparency of measures regulating the prices of medicinal products for human use and their inclusion in the scope of public health insurance systems

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Executive Summary

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European Union Agency for Law enforcement Cooperation and Training (Europol)

Opinion of 31 May 2013 on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union Agency for Law enforcement Cooperation and Training (Europol) and repealing Decisions 2009/371/JHA and 2005/681/JHA

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  • 25 July 2016

    ePrivacy rules should be smarter, clearer, stronger. Read the EDPS opinion and the press release.

  • 18 July 2016

    Data protection and Whistleblowing in the EU Institutions. Please read the EDPS guidelines and the press release.

  • 15 July 2016

    The EDPS’ free app, EU Data Protection, has been updated! You can now consult the texts of General Data Protection Regulation (REG) 2016/679 and the Directive 2016/680 for the police and criminal justice sector alongside the texts they replace.

  • 01 July 2016

    Our latest newsletter is online now.

  • 21 June 2016

    Re-focusing on the human dimension of data protection - read the latest blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

  • 26 July 2016

    Fablab on GDPR, Participation of Wojciech Wiewiórowski and Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium

  • 25 July 2016

    Extraordinary Plenary Session of the Article 29 Working Party, Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium

  • 21 July 2016

    45th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum, Participation and speeches of Giovanni Buttarelli on Update on EU GDPR and Calibrating Privacy Principles to a Big Data and Digital Society, Singapore

  • 14 July 2016

    Launch of EU Data Protection Whitepaper, British Chamber of Commerce in Denmark, Keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium

  • 07 July 2016

    Marketing and profiling in the European Union, participation and speeches by Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Brussels, Belgium

  • 06 July 2016

    Privacy Laws & Business Annual International Conference, Wojciech Wiewiórowski in panels on Privacy terms and conditions and How data protection rules should be enforced in tandem with competition and consumer policy, Cambridge, UK

  • 06 July 2016

    Confindustria Radio Televisioni General Assembly 2016, Giovanni Buttarelli in a panel on Authority, Markets and Rights, Rome, Italy

  • 30 June 2016

    Reframing Data Transparency, Wojciech Wiewiórowski in a Roundtable Discussion organised by the Centre for Information Policy Leadership and Telefónica, London, UK