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37th International Privacy Conference - 26-29 October 2015

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From 26 to 29 October 2015, the Dutch Data Protection Authority will host the 37th International Privacy Conference. The Conference will take place at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. It aims to bring together data protection and privacy commissioners from around the world to discuss how we can build bridges between each of our data protection and privacy regimes.
For more information visit the Conference website.

For information on attending the opening-night reception, to be hosted by IAPP at the National Maritime Museum on 27 October 2015, visit the IAPP website.

Competition Rebooted: Enforcement and Personal Data in Digital Markets - 24 September 2015

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On 24 September 2015, the EDPS and the European Academy of Law will hold a workshop in Brussels, entitled Competition Rebooted: Enforcement and Personal Data in Digital Markets.

The workshop will focus on a range of topics related to market analysis, personal data and privacy and competition law enforcement. It aims to provide competition law practitioners with an insight into new developments in the field and to deepen understanding of the growing role of data in competition law.

For more information and to register visit the ERA website.


Second Workshop of the Internet Privacy Engineering Network (IPEN) - 5 June 2015, Leuven



On 5 June 2015, the IPEN initiative will hold its second workshop, hosted by KU Leuven. The workshop will include discussion on topics such as privacy engineering in education and privacy in standardisation, with presentations from European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli and other experts. For more information about IPEN and to register, please see the IPEN Workshop 2015 event page.


EDPS Meeting with NGOs on the Data Protection Reform - 27 May 2015

The European Data Protection Supervisor has invited civil society groups to a meeting on the data protection reform package, discussions on which are ongoing.  The invitation is extended to all the signatories of a recent letter calling on the EU to ensure 'stronger, unified data protection rules'. 

The discussion, which will take place on 27 May 2015 in Brussels, will be filmed for publication on our website shortly afterwards, as part of the EDPS's commitment to understanding better stakeholder views, and to dialogue with experts from all sectors on how to ensure data flows are regulated in the interest of the individual.

EU Open Day Brussels - Saturday 9 May 2015

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On Saturday 9 May 2015, the EU institutions in Brussels will open their doors to the public to mark Europe Day, the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration.

As part of this annual celebration of European peace and unity, the EDPS warmly invites you to visit our stand, located in the European Parliament (Brussels, Place du Luxembourg, first floor ASP building, in front of meeting room 1G).

From 10am-4pm colleagues from the EDPS will be on hand to answer questions about your privacy rights and how to protect your personal information. There will be lots of free goodies and information available, as well as fun and interactive activities for both adults and children to enjoy. You will also have a chance to win one of 20 USB sticks simply by taking part in our fun quiz!

Whether shopping online, using a smartphone or applying for jobs, data protection affects us all, so come and chat to us about your rights and concerns.

European Conference of Data Protection Authorities - 18-20 May 2015

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From 18 to 20 May 2015, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office will host the European Conference of Data Protection Authorities, which will take place in Manchester.

The Conference will focus on delivering rights for individuals, with a clear and practical call to action. The aim should be to ensure that individuals are able to easily exercise their rights.

Registration for the conference will close on 10 April 2015. The event is open to members of accredited data protection authorities and observers, and will be an opportunity for delegates to address subjects of common interest and help advance the fundamental right to data protection.

To register for the conference:

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Computers, Privacy & Data Protection 2015: Data Protection on the Move (21-23 January 2015, Brussels)

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CPDP offers the cutting edge in legal, regulatory, academic and technological development in privacy and data protection. Within an atmosphere of independence and mutual respect, CPDP gathers academics, lawyers, practitioners, policy-makers, computer scientists and civil society from all over the world to exchange ideas and discuss the latest emerging issues and trends.

This unique multidisciplinary formula has served to make CPDP one of the leading data protection and privacy conferences in Europe and around the world. Organised with the support of the EDPS, this year's panels will focus on key issues that cover all current debates: the data protection reform in the EU: European and Global developments; mobility (mobile technologies, wearable technologies, border surveillance); EU-US developments concerning the regulation of government surveillance; e-health; love and lust in the digital age; internet governance and privacy; and much, much more.

For more information and registration:

Follow CPDP on Facebook (CPDPconferencesBrussels) and Twitter (@cpdpconferences).

"Personal Information - Smarten Up!" lunch conference on the 9th European Data Protection Day, 28 January 2015, Brussels

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In a ranking of importance to people’s daily lives, the smartphone surged to the top, falling below only the Internet and personal hygiene. Given the sensitive data stored on smartphones, from pictures and contacts information to bank details, PINs, and medical information, special care should be given to securing them against any harm, both online (data theft) and offline (stolen).

At this exclusive conference, the EDPS will outline risks to your personal data and how you can better protect your data on your smart devices. The event will be streamed live and everyone can get involved in the conversation with the Supervisors and panellists through Twitter #EDPD2015        

The web streaming is available here.

Programme of the conference.

"Three years EU data protection reform: state of play and perspectives", 5 November 2014, Brussels

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The recent rulings of the European Court of Justice concerning data retention and search engines (Google Spain) illustrate the increasing relevance of the fundamental rights to privacy and to the protection of personal data in the context of new information services and data transfers in a global world.

Against the background of rapid technological developments and the growing reality of ubiquitous surveillance of personal data by private and public entities alike, the European Union is striving for new rules to effectively protect personal data also in the 21st century.

Andrea Voβhoff, the German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, and Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor, have the pleasure to invite high-level representatives of all institutional and political actors involved to debate outstanding issues and necessary steps to be taken to bring the reform of EU data protection law to a timely and successful conclusion.

EU Data Protection Reform: Close to the finishing line

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"Engineering Privacy into Internet Services and Applications" - workshop of the Internet Privacy Engineering Network (IPEN), 26 September 2014, Berlin

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The first IPEN workshop will take place on 26 September 2014 in Berlin.The workshop is designed to be a practical approach to identify privacy gaps in existing technology and develop useful solutions. Further information: draft agenda and speakers list.You can also follow it live here.

More information about IPEN

  • 19 November 2015
    Finishing line in sight for the GDPR: the devil is in the details, W. Wiewiórowski, Assistant EDPS, in the panel debate with Jan Philipp Albrecht, MEP. Watch the video.
  • 19 November 2015

    EDPS encourages a new debate on Big Data. Read our Opinion and the press release.

  • 17 November 2015
    We are in mourning for the victims and families of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris. These attacks are against us all and we stand united.
  • 13 November 2015

    Finishing line in sight for the GDPR: the devil is in the details
    – W. Wiewiórowski in the live panel debate at 11:00 CET on 13 November 2015. Watch the web streaming.
  • 28 October 2015

    A further step towards comprehensive EU data protection: EDPS recommendations for the police and justice sectors. See our press release and our Opinion.

  • 26 November 2015
    The Industrial Internet Era, Brussels, Belgium, Wojciech Wiewiórowski takes part in panel Cybersecurity, Privacy and the Industrial IoT
  • 17 November 2015
  • 10 November 2015

    Information Security Solutions Europe Conference, Berlin, Germany, ...

  • 05 November 2015

    DPO meeting
    hosted by ENISA, Athens, Greece, Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski participate in ...
  • 26 October 2015

    37th International Privacy Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski attend ...

  • 16 October 2015

    The Borderline Between Cybersecurity and Individual Freedoms, 7th Semi-Annual ENAM Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania, keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli