Saturday, 12 June 2010

EDPS - recent & forthcoming work

The European Data Protection Supervisor has been busy lately.

1. Recent publications especially Lisbon Treaty speeches

include -

2. Priorities and future opinions

Opinions are going to be issued in 2010 on the following subjects (from the EDPS June 2010 Inventory; see the overview of priorities):

Data protection legal framework

  • Revision of the EU data protection regime established in particular by the data protection Directive and Framework Decision 2010/JLS/279 - including further defining the concepts of 'controller' and 'processor' and clarifying the notion of 'accountability' and the issue of applicable law and jurisdiction
  • Communication on data protection - A strategy for the protection of the fundamental right to data protection after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty 2010/JLS/166

Freedom, security & justice; international data transfers

  • Recommendations from the Commission to the Council to authorise the opening of the negotiations
    • on Passenger Name Records -
      • with the US on the transfer and processing of PNR data. 2010/JLS/286
      • with Australia on the transfer and processing of PNR data. 2010/JLS/287
      • for an agreement between the EU and Canada on the transfer and processing of passenger name record (PNR) data to prevent and combat terrorism and other transnational serious crime, including organised crime 2009/JLS/207, & Agreement between the EU and Canada on the exchange of PNR data 2010/JLS/038
    • with the US on data protection and data exchange 2010/JLS/165
  • Data retention - Report from the Commission to the Council on the implementation of the Directive 2006/24/EC on the retention of data generated or processed in connection with the provision of publicly available electronic communications services or of public communications networks and amending Directive 2002/58/EC 2010/JLS/043
  • Identity, biometrics, biodata -
    • Framework for Electronic identity (eID) and authentication 2010/INFSO/021
    • FP7 Integrated project TURBINE (TrUsted Revocable Biometric Identities)
    • Guidelines on EU coding system on tissues and cells 2009/SANCO/011 (Directive 2004/23/EC on human tissues and cells)
  • Selected other issues
    • Legislative proposal for a regulatory framework on smart grids (issues on the establishment of smart grids, including data protection, electric vehicles and open access to the grids)
    • Communication on Privacy and Trust in the Ubiquitous Information Society – responding to emerging and existing challenges 2008/INFSO/018
    • European Digital Agenda 2010/INFSO/001 (there's already been an EDPS opinion on privacy in the digital age to feed into that)
    • Commission Communication on policy and instruments for a reinforced network and information security 2010/INFSO/019 & 2010/INFSO/020
    • Revision to Regulation (EC) No 831/2002 on access to confidential data for research purposes
    • Proposal for a Council Decision on a Union position within the EU-Japan Joint Customs Cooperation Committee concerning the mutual recognition of Authorised Economic Operator programmes in the European Union and in Japan, COM(2010) 55 final

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