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When a proposal for legislation has a possible impact on data protection, the European Commission has to submit it to the EDPS for consultation. The EDPS analyses the proposal, taking into account the main elements affecting data protection, addressing issues such as:

  • What are the proposal's scope and purpose?
  • Are the means effective and proportionate?
  • Is there any processing of sensitive data?
  • How long are data preserved?
  • Who will have access to the data?
  • Will citizens be informed about this?
  • How can citizens exercise their rights?

The EDPS makes recommendations to improve the proposal in this respect. The opinion of the EDPS is formally issued and then forms part of the legislative process. Opinions are usually presented in European Parliament Committees, as well as in relevant working groups in the Council.


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EU-US Umbrella Agreement


Preliminary Opinion on the agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the protection of personal information relating to the prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of criminal offences, 12 February 2016
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Intrusive surveillance technologies

Dissemination and use of intrusive surveillance technologies, Opinion of 15 December 2015

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Meeting the challenges of big data

Meeting the challenges of big data, A call for transparency, user control, data protection by design and accountability, Opinion of 19 November 2015

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EDPS recommendations on the Directive for data protection in the police and justice sectors

Opinion of 28 October 2015 - A further step towards comprehensive EU data protection, EDPS recommendations on the Directive for data protection in the police and justice sectors

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Annex - Comparative table of Directive texts with EDPS recommendations

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EDPS recommendations on the EU’s options for data protection reform

Opinion of 9 October 2015 with Addendum - Europe’s big opportunity, EDPS recommendations on the EU’s options for data protection reform
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Passenger Name Record

Second Opinion on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the use of Passenger Name Record data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime, 24 September 2015
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Executive summary

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Towards a new digital ethics: Data, Dignity and Technology

Opinion of 11 September 2015 - Towards a new digital ethics: Data, Dignity and Technology

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Executive summary

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EDPS recommendations on the EU’s options for data protection reform

Opinion of 27 July 2015 - Europe’s big opportunity, EDPS recommendations on the EU’s options for data protection reform
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Annex - Comparative table of GDPR texts with EDPS recommendations

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Executive summary

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EU-Switzerland agreement on the automatic exchange of tax information

Opinion of 8 July 2015 on the EU-Switzerland agreement on the automatic exchange of tax information

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Executive summary

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Mobile health

Opinion of 21 May 2015 on Mobile Health - Reconciling technological innovation with data protection  

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Executive summary

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Drones

Opinion of 26 November 2014 on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on “A new era for aviation - Opening the aviation market to the civil use of remotely piloted aircraft systems in a safe and sustainable manner”

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Executive Summary

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Shareholders Rights Directive

Opinion of 28 October on the Commission Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council regarding the encouragement of long-term shareholder engagement and certain elements of the corporate governance statement

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Executive Summary

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European e-Justice Portal

Opinion of 5 September 2014 on the Commission Decision on the protection of personal data in the European e-Justice Portal
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Executive Summary
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Single-member private limited liability companies

Opinion of 23 July on the Commission Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on single-member private limited liability companies
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Executive Summary
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Reporting and transparency of securities financing transactions

Opinion of 11 July 2014 on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on structural measures improving the resilience of EU credit institutions and on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reporting and transparency of securities financing transactions
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Executive Summary

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Europe's role in shaping the future of Internet Governance

Opinion of 23 June 2014 on the Commission Communication on Internet Policy and Governance - Europe`s role in shaping the future of Internet Governance

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Executive Summary

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Future development of the area of freedom, security and justice

Opinion of 4 June 2014 on the future development of the area of freedom, security and justice

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Executive Summary

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European network of Employment Services

Opinion of 3 April 2014 on the Commission Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a European network of Employment Services, workers' access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets.

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Executive Summary

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Privacy and competitiveness in the age of big data

Preliminary Opinion of 26 March 2014 on "Privacy and competitiveness in the age of big data: The interplay between data protection, competition law and consumer protection in the Digital Economy"

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Executive Summary

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EU-China Joint Customs Cooperation Committee

Opinion of 14 March 2014 on the proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, in the EU-China Joint Customs Cooperation Committee regarding mutual recognition of the Authorised Economic Operator Programme in the European Union and the Measures on Classified Management of Enterprises Program in the People’s Republic of China

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Executive Summary

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  • 12 February 2016

    EDPS welcomes EU-US "Umbrella Agreement" and stresses need for effective safeguards. Read the Opinion and the press release.

  • 05 February 2016

    Opening address given by Giovanni Buttarelli, EDPS, at the Fifth Workshop on Data Protection in International Organisations

  • 03 February 2016

    On 2 and 3 February 2016, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) met to discuss the consequences of the CJEU judgment in the Schrems case for international transfers. Read the statement on the introduction of a "EU-US Privacy Shield".

  • 02 February 2016

    On 5 February 2016, the EDPS and the International Committee of the Red Cross will host a workshop on data protection within international organisations, which will take place in Geneva. For more information see the EDPS Events page.

  • 28 January 2016

    EDPS starts work on a New Digital Ethics. Read the press release.

  • 05 February 2016

    Data Protection Within International Organisations, Geneva, Switzerland, Giovanni Buttarelli chairs the morning session and speaks at the workshop

  • 29 January 2016

    9th International CPDP Conference, Brussels, Belgium, concluding remarks by Giovanni Buttarelli

  • 28 January 2016

    9th International CPDP Conference, Brussels, Belgium, Giovanni Buttarelli moderates panel on Transatlantic Discussions: Developing a Sustainable 'Big Data' Ecosystem - Diverse Approaches to the ...

  • 28 January 2016

    9th International CPDP Conference, Brussels, Belgium, Giovanni Buttarelli chairs panel on Data, Dignity and Technology - Exploring Digital Ethics

  • 28 January 2016

    Smart Sharing, Data Protection Day conference for trainees at the EU institutions, Brussels, Belgium, Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski speak at the conference

  • 28 January 2016

    GDPR: A new chapter for EU data protection - how the new Regulation will empower you to take control of your personal information, Data Protection Day conference for EU officials, ...

  • 27 January 2016

    9th International CPDP Conference, Brussels, Belgium, Wojciech Wiewiórowski moderates panel on The Data Protection Reform: The Reform in Perspective

  • 08 December 2015
    The Industrial Internet Era, Brussels, Belgium, Wojciech Wiewiórowski takes part in panel Cybersecurity, Privacy and the Industrial IoT