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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.

08 July 2015

EDPS opinion on the EU-Switzerland agreement on the automatic exchange of tax information

02 July 2015

EU Data Protection Reform: a historic opportunity for Europe. Please read our press release and the Annual Report 2014.

16 June 2015
"Trade agreements and data flows", speech given by Giovanni Buttarelli at the Joint Hearing of the INTA and LIBE committees, European Parliament, Brussels.
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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 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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