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11 August 2015

On 24 September 2015, the EDPS and the European Academy of Law will hold a workshop entitled Competition Rebooted: Enforcement and Personal Data in Digital Markets. More information on the event can be found on the ERA website.

06 August 2015

Cyber-safety shouldn't take a break when you do. Check the EDPS tips on how to stay safe online when on holiday.

05 August 2015

Our latest newsletter is online now.

27 July 2015
Opening a new Chapter for Data Protection. Please read EDPS recommendations on the EU’s options for data protection reform and our press release.
09 July 2015

The office of the EDPS is deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of Caspar Bowden, a tireless advocate of privacy and the freedom of the individual. The data protection community will miss his intellectual courage and commitment to the cause. We offer our sincerest condolences to Caspar's family and close friends.

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Opinions

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.

So far, the majority of the opinions have concerned subjects related to the field of police and judicial cooperation or to the visa and immigration policy. Proposals in these areas may promote, for instance, exchange of information between authorities to fight against terrorism and other crime, possibly involving large scale databases.



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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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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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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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Protection of undisclosed know-how and business information


Opinion of 12 March 2014 on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure

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Application of the law on customs and agricultural matters


Opinion of 11 March 2014 on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 515/97 of 13 March 1997 on mutual assistance between the administrative authorities of the Member States and cooperation between the latter and the Commission to ensure the correct application of the law on customs and agricultural matters

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Executive Summary

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Package of legislative measures reforming Eurojust


Opinion of 5 March 2014 on the package of legislative measures reforming Eurojust and setting up the European Public Prosecutor's Office ('EPPO')

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Executive Summary


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Rebuilding Trust in EU-US Data Flows


Opinion of 20 February 2014 on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on "Rebuilding Trust in EU-US Data Flows" and on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on "the Functioning of the Safe Harbour from the Perspective of EU Citizens and Companies Established in the EU"

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Executive Summary


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Firearms and the internal security of the EU: protecting citizens and disrupting illegal trafficking


Opinion of 17 February 2014 on the Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on "Firearms and the internal security of the EU: protecting citizens and disrupting illegal trafficking"

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Executive Summary


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Payment services


Opinion of 5 December 2013 on a proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on payment services in the internal market amending Directives 2002/65/EC, 2006/48/EC and 2009/110/EC and repealing Directive 2007/64/EC, and for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on interchange fees for card-based payment transactions

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Executive Summary


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European single market for electronic communications


Opinion of 14 November 2013 on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down measures concerning the European single market for electronic communications and to achieve a Connected Continent, and amending Directives 2002/20/EC, 2002/21/EC and 2002/22/EC and Regulations (EC) No 1211/2009 and (EU) No 531/2012

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Executive Summary


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