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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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Big Data

EDPS Opinion on coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of Big Data, 23 September 2016

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Common European Asylum System

EDPS Opinion on the First reform package on the Common European Asylum System (Eurodac, EASO and Dublin regulations), 21 September 2016

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EU Smart Borders Package

EDPS Opinion on the Second EU Smart Borders Package, Recommendations on the revised Proposal to establish an Entry/Exit System, 21 September 2016

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ePrivacy

Preliminary EDPS Opinion on the review of the ePrivacy Directive (2002/58/EC), 22 July 2016

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EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

Opinion on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield draft adequacy decision, 30 May 2016

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Executive summary

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Exchange of information regarding criminal records

Opinion on the exchange of information on third country nationals as regards the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS), 13 April 2016

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Executive summary

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European Border and Coast Guard Regulation

EDPS' recommendations on the proposed European Border and Coast Guard Regulation, 18 March 2016

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Executive summary

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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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Executive summary

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Intrusive surveillance technologies

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

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Executive summary

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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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Executive summary

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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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  • 23 September 2016

    The coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of Big Data. Read the Opinion and press statement

  • 22 September 2016

    Migration, security and fundamental rights: A critical challenge for the EU. Read the Opinions and the press release.

  • 08 September 2016

    Accountability needs technology! - read the latest blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

  • 17 August 2016

    The EDPS, in collaboration with European consumer organisation BEUC, is hosting a joint conference on Big Data: individual rights and smart enforcement. The conference will take place in Brussels on 29 September 2016. For more information on the conference and how to register, visit the EDPS Events page.

  • 05 August 2016

    Our IT services are undergoing scheduled maintenance from 12 to 15 August. Please note that, for technical reasons, we cannot guarantee that the complaints and annexed files submitted during this period will reach us - despite a possible acknowledgement of receipt. Should you not receive any acknowledgement of receipt within 10 working days from submitting your complaint, please do let us know.

  • 22 September 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli speaking at the launch of the 3rd edition "Data Protection & Privacy" handbook, Brussels, Belgium

  • 21 September 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting Philippe De Backer, Belgian Secretary of State, Brussels, Belgium

  • 15 September 2016

    British Bankers' Association Data Protection & Privacy Conference, Keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli (via video link), London, UK

  • 14 September 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting Boris Wojtan, Privacy Director of GSMA, Brussels, Belgium

  • 12 September 2016

    European Innovation Day, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli (via video link), Mountain View, California, USA

  • 09 September 2016

    What are the most important challenges for privacy engineering?, Speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski at IPEN workshop, Frankfurt, Germany

  • 08 September 2016

    ENISA Annual Privacy Forum, Wojciech Wiewiórowski giving an opening statement and participating in a panel on Developing and maintaining a Privacy Enhancing Technologies maturity repository, Frankfurt, Germany

  • 26 July 2016

    Fablab on GDPR, Participation of Wojciech Wiewiórowski and Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium