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Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski are members of the institution. They took office on 4 December 2014. As members, elected by the European Parliament and the Council, they have a different status to that of the staff of their secretariat.

> Read more about their appointment and previous experiences.

The EDPS' general objective is to ensure that the European institutions and bodies respect the right to privacy when they process personal data and develop new policies. A number of specific duties of the EDPS are laid down in Regulation (EC) No 45/2001. The three main fields of work are: 

  • Supervision : the EDPS monitors the processing of personal data in the EU administration and ensures compliance with the data protection rules. The supervisory tasks  range from prior checking processing operations likely to present specific risks, to handling complaints and conducting enquiries.
  • Consultation : the EDPS advises the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council on proposals for new legislation and a wide range of other issues having an impact on data protection.
  • Cooperation : the EDPS cooperates with other data protection authorities in order to promote consistent data protection throughout Europe. The central platform for cooperation with national data protection authorities is the Article 29 Working Party. 

Read more about the duties of the EDPS and the Assistant Supervisor.

> Code of conduct for the European Data Protection Supervisor and the Assistant Supervisor

 
  • 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