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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-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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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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  • 18 July 2016

    Data protection and Whistleblowing in the EU Institutions. Please read the EDPS guidelines and the press release.

  • 15 July 2016

    The EDPS’ free app, EU Data Protection, has been updated! You can now consult the texts of General Data Protection Regulation (REG) 2016/679 and the Directive 2016/680 for the police and criminal justice sector alongside the texts they replace.

  • 01 July 2016

    Our latest newsletter is online now.

  • 21 June 2016

    Re-focusing on the human dimension of data protection - read the latest blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

  • 20 June 2016

    Video recordings of the EDPS meeting with civil society organisations on the state of data protection and privacy in the EU are now available here.

  • 25 July 2016

    Extraordinary Plenary Session of the Article 29 Working Party, Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium

  • 21 July 2016

    45th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum, Participation and speeches of Giovanni Buttarelli on Update on EU GDPR and Calibrating Privacy Principles to a Big Data and Digital Society, Singapore

  • 14 July 2016

    Launch of EU Data Protection Whitepaper, British Chamber of Commerce in Denmark, Keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium

  • 07 July 2016

    Marketing and profiling in the European Union, participation and speeches by Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Brussels, Belgium

  • 06 July 2016

    Privacy Laws & Business Annual International Conference, Wojciech Wiewiórowski in panels on Privacy terms and conditions and How data protection rules should be enforced in tandem with competition and consumer policy, Cambridge, UK

  • 06 July 2016

    Confindustria Radio Televisioni General Assembly 2016, Giovanni Buttarelli in a panel on Authority, Markets and Rights, Rome, Italy

  • 30 June 2016

    Reframing Data Transparency, Wojciech Wiewiórowski in a Roundtable Discussion organised by the Centre for Information Policy Leadership and Telefónica, London, UK

  • 22 June 2016

    Fundamental Rights Forum, Wojciech Wiewiórowski in a plenary debate, Vienna, Austria