EDPS keynote speech on recent developments in data protection
Mon 11 May 2015, 15:40
"Big data, big data protection: challenges and innovative solutions", keynote speech given by Giovanni Buttarelli at ERA Conference on Recent Developments in Data Protection Law.
Second Internet Privacy Engineering Network (IPEN) Workshop
Fri 22 May 2015, 15:40
The second edition of the Internet Privacy Engineering Network (IPEN) workshop will take place on 5 June 2015 at KU Leuven. Please see the draft programme and register here.
IPEN is an initiative launched by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) aiming to bring together developers and data protection experts with a technical background from different areas in order to launch and support projects that build privacy into everyday tools and develop new tools which can effectively protect and enhance our privacy. More information is available here. The report of the first IPEN workshop is available here.
EDPS annual report 2014
Thu 2 Jul 2015, 18:00

The press release commenting on the data protection reform is available here. Please read EDPS Annual Report 2014 here.

EDPS opinion on Towards a new digital ethics
Fri 11 Sep 2015, 16:20

The European Data Protection Supervisor published an opinion highlighting some of the major technology trends which may involve unacceptable processing of  personal information or may interfere with the right to privacy. It outlines a four-tier ‘big data protection ecosystem’ to respond to the digital challenge. The EDPS has also announced the establishment of an external Ethics Board, that will help to better assess the ethical implications of how personal information is defined and used in the big data and artificial intelligence driven world.

The Opinion follows on from the previous Opinion on the General Data Protection Regulation which aimed to assist the main institutions of the EU in reaching the right  consensus on workable, future-oriented set of rules which enable and promote the rights and freedoms of the individual.

Links to the Opinion and press release.

The new EDPS Ethics Board
Fri 18 Sep 2015, 18:09

Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), recently announced the formation of a new external Ethics Board that will do a deep dive into the complex ethical issues that surround the use of  personal data in the “big data” economy. The EDPS is particularly concerned about the rise of artificial intelligence and its implications for personal data protection.

Please read the press release and full opinion here.

European Data Protection Supervisor calls for stronger protections for electronic communications
Wed 27 Jul 2016, 20:00

The top European data protection official, the European Data Protection Supervisor, has called for strong privacy protections in the "ePrivacy Directive", an updated framework to safeguard personal information. "The scope of new ePrivacy rules needs to be broad enough to cover all forms of electronic communications irrespective of network or service used." The Data Protection Supervisor also said the legislation should "allow users to use end-to- end encryption without back doors". NGOs and data protection officials have also called for the reform of the European legislation after the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation. EPIC has urged the FCC to establish a comprehensive framework for communications privacy, noting the work now underway in Europe to update privacy laws.