Finishing line in sight for the GDPR: the devil is in the details - ViEUws debate between Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Assistant EDPS, and Jan Philipp Albrecht, MEP
The European Data Protection Supervisor is the independent supervisory authority at EU level with responsibility for:
- monitoring the processing of personal data by the EU institutions and bodies
- advising on policies and legislation that affect privacy
- cooperating with similar authorities to ensure consistent data protection.
The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is a relatively new but increasingly influential independent supervisory authority, with responsibility for monitoring the processing of personal data by the EU institutions and bodies, advising on policies and legislation that affect privacy and cooperating with similar authorities to ensure consistent data protection.
The Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, and Assistant Supervisor, Wojciech Wiewiórowski, were appointed in December 2014 by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. Together with the basic requirement of independence, the EDPS remit includes:
• developing and communicating an overall vision, thinking in global terms and proposing concrete recommendations and practical solutions;
• providing policy guidance so as to meet new and unforeseen challenges in the area of data protection;
• operating at the highest levels and developing and maintaining effective relationships with a diverse community of stakeholders in other EU institutions, Member States, non EU countries and other national or international organisations.
The Supervisors are supported by the Office of the EDPS, a dynamic team of skilled and experienced lawyers, IT specialists and administrators which aims to serve as an impartial centre of excellence for enforcing and reinforcing EU data protection and privacy standards, both in practice and in law.