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Questions and Answers

This "Questions and Answers" (Q&A) section will provide you with background information and practical guidelines on a range of issues that may arise in the context of data protection at the level of the EU institutions. It also helps to get a better understanding of the role and competences of the EDPS.

Below you will find a list of topics through which you can access a series of questions related to the work of the EDPS and the protection of personal data at EU level.


  • 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