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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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  • 28 April 2016

    39th Meeting of the Data Protection Officers and the European Data Protection Supervisor at the Eurofound, Dublin. Read more and check the agenda.

  • 27 April 2016

    GDPR requires DPOs: EU institutions leading by example. Read the latest blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

  • 21 April 2016

    Counterterrorism and Data Privacy: A European Perspective. Read the speech by Giovanni Buttarelli given at to the symposium on Governing Intelligence: Transnational Approaches to Oversight and Security, hosted by the Center on Law and Security and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

  • 20 April 2016

    Ethics at the Root of Privacy and as the Future of Data Protection. Read the address by Giovanni Buttarelli given at event hosted by Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and the MIT Internet Policy Initiative and the MIT Media Lab.

  • 19 April 2016

    On 16 June 2016 the EDPS will meet the civil society organisations to discuss the state of data protection and privacy in the EU. Read more and sign up here

  • 29 April 2016

    Privacy: The Competitive Advantage, Speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, London, UK

  • 28 April 2016

    Conference on General Data Protection Regulation, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli (via video), Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 27 April 2016

    39th DPO meeting hosted by Eurofound, Introductory speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Dublin, Ireland

  • 25 April 2016

    European Data Protection Days, Keynote by Giovanni Buttarelli on Enduring values and sustainable solutions: The GDPR as a catalyst for individual digital rights across the globe and participation in a discussion on Chances, challenges and the latest developments in international data protection, Berlin, Germany

  • 21 April 2016

    Intelligence Oversight Conference, New York University School of Law, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, New York, USA

  • 20 April 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli visits the Congress, Washington, D.C., USA

  • 20 April 2016

    10th Annual Digital Regulation Forum, Policies for the Digital Single Market; an Evolution or a Revolution?, Interactive Panel Discussion: How does the emergence of online platforms affect the Digital Single Market?, Speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, London, UK

  • 19 April 2016

    Annual Congress of Italian DPOs (ASSO), Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli (via video), Milan, Italy