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Large-scale IT systems 

Several databases (information systems) created or about to be created by the European Union (EU)  can be considered large by various (sometimes all) measures: number of people using the system for different purposes, amount of data collected, stored, accessed, manipulated, number of connections between components, etc.

The EU is creating or updating several large scale IT systems in the area of border and police control: SIS II, VIS and Eurodac are three examples of these databases.

London initiative 

At the 28th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in London (November 2006), a statement was presented, entitled "Communicating data protection and making it more effective", which received general support from data protection authorities around the world.

This was a joint initiative of the president of the French data protection authority, the UK Information Commissioner and the EDPS. This is now referred to as the "London Initiative".

With a view to translating the statement into practical action, several workshops have been organised. They addressed the topics of communication, enforcement, strategy and internal organisation, and the notification of data breaches.

As one of the architects of the initiative, the EDPS has actively contributed to the follow-up so as to encourage the exchange of available experience and best practice between data protection authorities.

  • 25 March 2017

    60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. Giovanni Buttarelli to participate in the meeting of the 27 EU heads of state and heads of European Union institutions in Rome, Italy.

  • 15 March 2017

    Data Protection and the EU institutions. Read the latest blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli and the EDPS Opinion.

  • 15 March 2017

    EDPS sees opportunity for stronger consumer and data protection. Read the EDPS Opinion and the press release.

  • 13 March 2017

    2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners to be hosted in Brussels. Read the press statement.

  • 07 March 2017

    EDPS calls for consistent improvements in the approach to EU border policy. Read the EDPS Opinion and the press release.

  • 28 March 2017

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel and Director, Freedom, Security and Technology Project, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), Brussels, Belgium

  • 28 March 2017

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Cornelia Ernst, MEP, Brussels, Belgium

  • 27 March 2017

    Processing of personal data  by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies, Study group meeting, EESC, Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels Belgium

  • 25 March 2017

    60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties, Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli in the meeting of the 27 EU heads of state and heads of European Union institutions, Rome, Italy

  • 23 March 2017

    Forum on International Privacy Law, Participation of Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Königstein, Germany

  • 23 March 2017

    Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli in DAPIX, Brussels, Belgium

  • 23 March 2017

    Concurrences Review, Law & Economics Workshop: Big Data, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium

  • 13 March 2017

    Regulating Privacy through Ethical Standards and Accountability Principles in the era of Big Data, Keynote speech of Wojciech Wiewiórowski: Towards a new digital ethics – data, dignity and technology: How to ensure accountability in personal data management?, Brussels, Belgium