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16 February 2015

Our lastest newsletter is now available in French and German.

09 February 2015

Our latest newsletter is online now.

04 February 2015

"Antitrust, Privacy and Big Data" please read the speaking points of Giovanni Buttarelli.

28 January 2015
"Counter-terrorism, De-Radicalisation and Foreign Fighters" speech of Giovanni Buttarelli given during the Joint debate at the extraordinary meeting of the LIBE Committee, European Parliament, Brussels.
28 January 2015

The EU as a beacon of respect for data protection and privacy. Read our press release.

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Events


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


 

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.


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: www.cpdpconferences.org

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


"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

                                      


"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


European Conference of Data Protection Authorities - Thursday 5 June 2014


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On 5 June 2014, the Council of Europe and the French Data Protection Authority, Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), will host the 2014 European Conference of Data Protection Authorities, in Strasbourg.

This year, the Conference will focus on cooperation and explore how national data protection authorities can work together to produce more effective policies and responses. This theme aims to address the challenges posed by the exchange of personal data on a global level.

The event is open to members of accredited data protection authorities and observers. It will be an opportunity for delegates to share their ideas and experience on how best to strengthen the fundamental right to data protection.

 

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EU Open Day Brussels - Saturday 17 May 2014


 
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On Saturday 17 May 2014, the EU institutions in Brussels will open their doors to the public, to mark the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration.
 
As part of this annual celebration of European peace and unity, you are warmly invited to visit the EDPS stand, which will be located in the European Parliament (Brussels, Place du Luxembourg, first floor ASP building, in front of meeting room 1G).
 
From 10am to 4pm, we'll answer all your questions on your privacy rights and protecting your personal information. Whether you shop online, use a smartphone or are applying for a job, come and chat to us about your rights and concerns. Lots of free goodies and information material will also be available, as well as the chance to win one of 20 USB sticks, simply by taking part in our fun quiz!

For more information: www.europa.eu/opendoors or contact EDPS-Events@edps.europa.eu

 


European Data Protection Day - 28 January 2014


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Everyday personal information is collected, shared, used and stored by individuals, organisations and public authorities.  Recruitment activities, video surveillance and health data collection are just a few examples of this.

On 28 January 2014, 47 countries of the Council of Europe as well as European institutions, agencies and bodies will celebrate the eighth annual European Data Protection Day. This date marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention 108 on the protection of personal information, the first legally binding international instrument related to the field of data protection

Data Protection Day 2014 is an opportunity for the EDPS, along with Data Protection Officers from the EU institutions to raise awareness among EU staff and the general public on their data protection rights and obligations. These rights and obligations are set out in the EU Data Protection Regulation and their implementation within the EU administration is supervised by the EDPS.

A short film is available to view on the video page of our website. It highlights some of the data protection rights and risks that are inherent in our everyday lives.

 


Celebrating 10 years of the European Data Protection Supervisor


On 20 January 2014, experts in data protection and privacy and high profile representatives of European Institutions, National Data Protection Authorities and legal practitioners gathered at a conference at the BOZAR, Brussels on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the European Data Protection Supervisor.

Jacob Kohnstamm, Chairman of the Article 29 Working Party, Gilles Dekerchove, EU anti-terrorist coordinator, Sophie In’t Veld, MEP and Francoise Le Bail, Director General DG Justice were among the speakers. Their speeches highlighted key points in the history of the institution and commended the EDPS’ role and contribution to the progress made in data protection in the EU and beyond.

Data Protection anno 2014: How to Restore Trust? is a book that reflects on privacy and personal data protection in Europe and the United States at the beginning of 2014. With contributions from a number of prominent scholars, legal practitioners, regulators and politicians from Europe as well as the United States, the book was compiled in honour of Peter Hustinx, the first European Data Protection Supervisor, who will step down in 2014 following a distinguished career in office.

Peter Hustinx (right) with the editors of the book Herke Kranenborg (left) and Hielke Hijmans (centre)


Peter Hustinx receives European Data Protection Award


On 12 November 2013, Peter Hustinx, EDPS, received the first European Data Protection Award from the Confederation of European Data Protection Organisations (CEDPO). The award is a token of recognition by the data protection community and was presented to him at an international privacy conference held at the University of Castellon, Spain organised by professor Artemi Rallo Lombarte, former director of the Spanish Data Protection Authority.

CEDPO was founded in September 2011 by European Data Protection Organisations, namely, AFCDP (Association Française des Correspondants à la Protection des Données à Caractère Personnel) of France, APEP (Asociación Profesional Española de Privacidad) of Spain, GDD (Gesellschaft für Datenschutz und Datensicherheit) of Germany and NGFG (Nederlands Genootschap van Functionarissen voor de Gegevensbescherming) of the Netherlands.

CEDPO aims are to promote the role of the Data Protection Officer, to provide advice on balanced, practicable and effective data protection and to contribute to a better harmonisation of data protection law and practices in the EU/EEA.

Peter Hustinx (centre) with Cecilia Álvarez Rigaudias (right) and Ricard Martinez Martinez (left) of the Asociación Professional  Española de Privacidad (APEP)


7th International Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference (22-24 January 2014, Brussels)


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Every year the CPDP gathers in Brussels the most important stakeholders involved in the area of computers, privacy and data protection in Europe and around the world.

This year´s edition of the conference is entitled "Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) 2014 - Reforming Data Protection: The Global Perspective". It will include 60 different panels, a special focus on India, a PhD student papers sessions evening debates and other side events.

The panels will focus on key issues that cover all current debates: The data protection reform in the European Union, PRISM, big data, cybercrime, data retention, cloud computing, enforcement by Data Protection Authorities, biometrics, e-health, privacy by design, and more. In addition, there will be a day event on the ethical issues of data collection on minorities, and the use of technology to advance the status of Roma

Members of the EDPS Peter Hustinx and Giovanni Buttarelli will take part to panel discussions.


Annual Conference on European Data Protection Law 2013 (Trier, 18-19 November 2013)


This year’s conference organised by the Academy of European Law (ERA) in cooperation with the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) will mainly focus on the role of cloud computing services and social networks in applying EU data protection law. It will also provide participants with an update on the current legislative proposals at EU level (COM(2012)10 and COM(2012)11) and the most recent case law of the CJEU. The key topics will also include: EU data sovereignty and cross-border data transfers to third countries as well as PRISM and data protection. Peter Hustinx will be among the speakers.

Programme:


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35th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (Warsaw, 23-26 September 2013)


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Festival of Europe - EU Open Day (Brussels, Saturday 4 May 2013)

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On Saturday 4 May 2013, the EU institutions will once again mark the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration and celebrate the festival of Europe with an open door day in Brussels.

We would be delighted to welcome you to the EDPS stand in the European Parliament (Brussels, Place du Luxembourg, 1st floor, ASP building) from 10am to 4pm.
 
Come and chat with us about your privacy rights, ask questions about protecting your personal information whether you're applying for a job, using your smart phone or shopping online. As well as taking away some goodies and information materials, you can take part in our fun quiz with the chance to win one of 20 USB sticks!

For more information: www.europa.eu/opendoors or contact EDPS-Events@edps.europa.eu.

 

EDPS round table of the Smart borders package and data protection implications (Brussels, 10 April 2013)


As part of his Strategy for excellence 2013/2014, the EDPS organised a workshop on 10 April dedicated to the Smart Borders package. The aim of the round table was to share experiences from countries that implemented similar systems and to have a debate on the implications for data protection of both legislative proposals.

The EDPS will in the coming months issue an opinion on the Smart Borders package.

Summary of the meeting:


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European Data Protection Day - 28 January 2013


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Everyday, personal information is collected, shared and used by individuals, organisations and public authorities. Recruiting activities, video surveillance, health data collection are just a few examples.

On 28 January 2013, 47 countries countries of the Council of Europe as well as European institutions, agencies and bodies will celebrate the seventh European Data Protection Day. This date marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention 108 on the protection of personal information, the first legally binding international instrument related to the field of data protection.

This annual event will again be an opportunity for the EDPS and Data Protection Officers from EU institutions to focus on raising awareness among EU staff and others on their data protection rights and obligations. These rights and obligations are set out in the EU Data Protection Regulation and their implementation within the EU administration is supervised by the EDPS.

A short film is available on the video page of our website. This is an entertaining and informative way to highlight some of the data protection rights and risks that are inherent in our everyday lives.

To commemorate Data Protection Day the EDPS, in cooperation with the European Parliament, have organised a joint conference What will the data protection reform change for EU officials and citizens? Peter Hustinx, Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant Supervisor and Mr. Paul De Hert, Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels will take part in the panel discussion.

Don't miss A look inside, an original art exhibition centred on privacy and presented by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and The Privacy Commission of Belgium. Recently opened at De Markten in Brussels the exhibition presents the work of young European artists, who use their artistic expression to provoke discussions about privacy and its relevance in modern day life. The exhibition is open until 03.02.2013. Read the speech of Peter Hustinx given during the reception at the Exhibition on 28.01.2013.


6th International Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference (23-25 January 2013, Brussels)


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Every year the CPDP gathers in Brussels policy makers, academics, computer scientists, consultants, practitioners and activists from all over the world to exchange ideas and discuss emerging issues in information technology, privacy, data protection and law.

This year's edition of the conference is entitled "Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) 2013: Reloading Data Protection". It will provide a forum to discuss such important topics as cyberwar, internet freedom and introduction of drones in the EU civilian airspace. The conference will also provide a forum to review the key debates surrounding the proposed data protection regulation.

Members of the EDPS secretariat will take part to panel discussions. Giovanni Buttarelli in the opening panel will speak about the proposed data protection regulation, while Peter Hustinx will provide the concluding notes of the conference.


Journée portes ouvertes des institutions européennes - Bruxelles, samedi 17 mai 2014