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Ethics Advisory Group

EDPS starts work on a New Digital Ethics - press release

Towards a new Digital Ethics - video

The European Data Protection Supervisor has set up an Ethics Advisory Group (Advisory Group) on the ethical dimensions of data protection by his decision of 3 December 2015

The overall objective of the Advisory Group is to explore the relationships between human rights, technology, markets and business models in the 21st century from an ethical perspective, with particular attention to the implications for the rights to privacy and data protection in the digital environment. 

The Group will be active between February 2016 and January 2018.

The Terms of Reference explain the role of the Advisory Group. The Members of the Advisory Group will be chosen following a Call for Interest, published on this website and in The Economist. 

More background on the EDPS' work on digital ethics can be found in the Strategy adopted by the EDPS for the period 2015-2019 and in the EDPS Opinion of 11 September 2015 - Towards a new digital ethics: Data, Dignity and Technology.

The Report on the selection of the members of the Ethics Advisory Group is available here.

The Rules of Procedure of the Ethics Advisory Group are available here.

31 May 2016 - EDPS-EAG Workshop on Ethics

Report of the workshop


Videos of the workshop are available here

"The Ethics Advisory Group"

European Data Protection Supervisor decision of 3 December 2015 establishing an external advisory group on the ethical dimensions of data protection (‘the Ethics Advisory Group’) OJ C 33, 28.1.2016



Address given by Giovanni Buttarelli at the 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

  • 10 February 2017

    Is your toaster watching you?, Lunchtime conference on the Internet of Things, Speeches by Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Brussels, Belgium

  • 08 February 2017

    6th Data Protection Forum with Mr Viljar PEEP, Director General, Estonian Data Protection Inspectorate, Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Brussels, Belgium

  • 08 February 2017

    e-Privacy Breakfast Debate organised by EIF, Speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

  • 08 February 2017

    e-Privacy Directive: Combining Modern Marketing & Privacy, Event organised by FEDMA, Speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Brussels, Belgium

  • 07 February 2017

    109th Plenary meeting of the Article 29 Working Party, Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium

  • 06 February 2017

    Workshop on the current trends and practices in biobanking in the light of European and national data protection requirements? Participation of Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Brussels, Belgium

  • 03 February 2017

    Giovanni Buttarelli speaking on GDPR in panel New rules and what to do next in the conference organised by Confindustria Il nuovo Regolamento europeo sulla protezione dei dati personali, Rome, Italy

  • 01 February 2017

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Bob Quinn, Senior Executive Vice President, AT&T, Brussels, Belgium