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Supervision Coordination


The European Union has set up a number of European large-scale IT systems whose supervision is shared between the national Data Protection Authorities ('DPAs') and the EDPS. In order to ensure a high and consistent level of protection, national DPAs and the EDPS work together in supervision coordination.

Currently, the following IT systems are subject to this supervision model:

•   Eurodac
•   Visa Information System ('VIS')
•   Schengen Information System ('SIS')
•   Customs Information System ('CIS')
•   Internal Market Information System ('IMI')

Some of these systems include vast amounts of data - for example, Eurodac contains fingerprints of more than two million persons and the VIS tracks millions of visa applications per year.

While there are slight differences between the legal bases for these systems, in general they establish that national DPAs and the EDPS shall cooperate to ensure coordinated supervision. To this end, representatives of the national DPAs and of the EDPS meet regularly - usually twice a year - to discuss common issues regarding supervision. Activities include inter alia joint inspections and inquiries and work on a shared methodology.

The Secretariat of those groups is provided by the EDPS.
  • 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