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17 April 2014
EDPS comments of 17 April 2014  in response to ICANN's public consultation
08 April 2014

Press Statement: The CJEU rules that Data Retention Directive is invalid

08 April 2014

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02 April 2014
Video message of Peter Hustinx and Giovanni Buttarelli at the occasion of the presentation of the Annual Report 2013 in Brussels (1 April 2014)
01 April 2014

"Opportunities and challenges in the digital era: big data and moral hazard", speaking points of Peter Hustinx, European Consumer Summit 2014: "European Consumers in the Digital Era"

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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


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


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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