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Papers

The EDPS has identified a number of topics of specific relevance which have become subject to an extensive analysis and the elaboration of a paper. There are three categories:

  1. Position paper
  2. Background paper
  3. Policy paper

A position paper touches upon areas which fall under the EDPS' supervisory tasks. By issuing a position paper, the EDPS gives his authentic interpretation of Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 on certain points. In that sense, a position paper gives visibility and guidance on a particular topic.

Background papers deal with specific areas where the EDPS feels that a preliminary or further developed analysis is needed. By issuing a background paper, the EDPS gives his view on how to come to a balanced and proportionate solution in a particular field.

A policy paper clarifies the way in which the EDPS intends to exercise his tasks and powers, such as his consultative role with respect to proposals for new legislation. This allows institutions and bodies or other parties involved to take that policy into account and enables the EDPS to be more effective.


Position papers

Transfer of personal data to third countries

The transfer of personal data to third countries and international organisations by EU institutions and bodies, 14 July 2014
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Data Protection Officer

Role of Data Protection Officers (DPO) in ensuring effective compliance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001, 28 November 2005

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Background papers

Public access to documents and data protection

Transparency and data protection are both essential elements of democratic life in the EU, and both contribute to good governance. The interaction between these rights - i.e. the way in which to deal with public access to documents containing personal data - may however be perceived as difficult. Providing guidelines for the EU administration, the paper describes the two rights and their legal backgrounds. It also gives a list of examples and a checklist.

When dealing with these cases, it is imperative that the responsible officials make a concrete and individual examination of the specific document. Firstly, disclosure can only be refused if the privacy of an individual is at stake. Secondly, the negative effect of disclosure of someone's personal data must be substantial and thirdly it has to be examined if data protection legislation allows disclosure.

Public access to documents containing personal data after the Bavarian Lager ruling, 24 March 2011.

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The previous background document of 2005 the relevant parts of which are referred to in the "Public access to documents containing personal data after the Bavarian Lager ruling".

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Summary

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Speech delivered at LIBE Committee on 12 July 2005

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Conclusions on releasing further information about lobbyists, 31 August 2006

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Policy papers

The EDPS as Supervisor of Large-Scale IT Systems

The EDPS as Supervisor of Large-Scale IT Systems and Member of Supervision Coordination Groups

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The EDPS as an advisor to EU institutions on policy and legislation

The EDPS as an advisor to EU institutions on policy and legislation: building on ten years of experience

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Consultations in the field of Supervision and Enforcement

Policy on Consultations in the field of Supervision and Enforcement, 23 November 2012

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Monitoring and Ensuring Compliance with Regulation (EC) 45/2001

Monitoring and Ensuring Compliance with Regulation (EC) 45/2001, 13 December 2010

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The EDPS and EU Research and Technological Development

The EDPS and EU Research and Technological Development, 28 April 2008

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The EDPS as an advisor to the Community institutions

The EDPS as an advisor to the Community institutions on proposals for legislation and related documents, 18 March 2005

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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