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Leading by example, the EDPS strategy 2015-2019 

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Giovanni Buttarelli, the new European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) since December 2014, unveiled, Monday March 2nd, the new EDPS strategy for 2015-2019, identifying three main strategic objectives and ten priority actions. 

  

Giovanni Buttarelli, the new European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) since December 2014, unveiled, Monday March 2nd, the new EDPS strategy for 2015-2019, identifying three main strategic objectives and ten priority actions. 
 

This is a crucial moment for data protection, a period of unprecedented change and political importance, not only in the EU but globally. In this context, the new European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Giovanni Buttarelli, has finalised a strategy for the next years to turn his vision into reality and to identify innovative solutions quickly. 

As we are witnesses to a historic moment for data protection, a moment where technology is moving at lightning speed, stated Mr. Buttarelli, Europe needs to be at the forefront in shaping a global standard for privacy and data protection. For this reason EDPS, together with their legal and technological expertise, will assist the EU to find effective, practical and innovative solutions in order to respect citizens fundamental rights in the new digital world. “ Our goal is for the EU to speak – in full cooperation with colleagues at national level – with one voice on data protection, a voice which is credible, informed and relevant”, so Buttarelli. 
 
In order to pursue this objective, EDPS has identified three strategic objectives and ten priority actions to fulfil them: 
 
1. Data protection ‘goes digital’ It’s time for digital data protection to go digital, because society has already done so. In order to reap the benefits of new technologies and preserve individual rights, the new EDPS aims to be an epicentre for creative ideas and innovative solutions, customising existing data protection principles to fit the global digital arena. “The EDPS wants to promote the technologies that enhance people’s privacy and data protection, identify cross-disciplinary policy solutions, and increase transparency, user control and accountability in big data processing”, explained Buttarelli.
 

2. Forge global partnerships

Data protection laws are national, but the data are not. As a result, the international dimension of data protection has, for years, been the subject of much debate. “ Europe needs to be at the forefront in shaping a global, digital standard for privacy and data protection which centres on the rights of the individual” said Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Assistant EDPS. To this intent, the EDPS will invest in global partnerships with privacy and data protection authorities, fellow experts, non-EU countries, and international organisations to work towards a social consensus on principles that can inform binding laws, the design of business operations and technologies and the scope for interoperability of different data protection systems. Developing an ethical dimension to data protection, speaking with a single EU voice in the international arena and mainstream data protection into the international policies are the priority actions to undertake in order to achieve this objective.
 

3. Opening a new chapter for EU data protection

While technological innovation races ahead, institutional reactions are slow. That’s why it’s urgent to reform the EU data protection, adopting a new set of rules to make data protection easier, clearer and less bureaucratic in the future. During this period, EDPS will closely cooperate with their colleagues in the Article 29 Working Party, being a more proactive partner in the discussion between the European Commission, Parliament and Council on the reform, especially the final trilogue. In order to achieve this objective it’s necessary to adopt and implement up-to-date data protection rules and increase the accountability of EU bodies collecting, using and storing personal information. Moreover it’s vital to facilitate responsible and informed policymaking by developing a comprehensive policy toolkit for EU bodies, consisting of written guidance, workshops and training events, supported by a network. Finally, following the EDPS’ vision, it’s important to promote a mature conversation on security policy in order to encourage practical and workable solutions that avoid red tape and are flexible enough to accommodate technological innovation and crossborder data flows. 
 

European Justice ministers are expected to achieve progress on this reform within a dozen days after their formal meeting. Moreover, due to its novelty and global dimension, the above outlined strategy will be also presented at a number of international events over the next two weeks. 

 

Patrick Zingerle 

 

To know more: 

The EDPS strategy 2015-2019: https://secure.edps.europa.eu/EDPSWEB/webdav/site/mySite/shared/Documents/EDPS/P ublications/Strategy/15-02-26_Strategy_2015_2019_EN.pdf