The LIBE-STOA – Conference ‘ Protecting online privacy by enhancing IT security and strengthening EU IT capabilities ‘ Copyright: © European Union 2015 – Source : EP. /Alexis Haulot
Following the many online activities on the #DataProtectionDay – we kind of missed an overview of the EU Institutions involved – here is what we found.
The European contries has agreed on a data protection reform to make Europe fit for the digital age. It has many aspects, and will have an impact on the existing way of handling personal data and dealing with online privacy.
The new data protection rules address these concerns:
You can get an overview by reading the press release from December 15. 2015 – “Agreement on Commission’s EU data protection reform will boost Digital Single Market” . The data protection initiative also has a website and you can find out more about the EU data protection reform there.
One of the top 10 priorities of the Europe 2020 Initiative is the “Digital Agenda for Europe“. In the portfolio of Digital Europe we find a project called the Digital Single Market with a strategy that aims to open up digital opportunities for people and business and enhance Europe’s position as a world leader in the digital economy. It is in many ways related to the discussion about data protection, because it tries so standardise the way data is collected across Europe and brake down existing barriers online which mean citizens miss out on goods and services, internet companies and start-ups have their horizons limited, and businesses and governments cannot fully benefit from digital tools.
The more data collected the more clear do we need to be on Data Protection and how Governments and businesses handle our personal data. Opening more opportunities also requires a legal assessment of how to handle the security – this is why Data Protection also is related to The European Agenda on Security
Legally your personal data is protected from misuse and from falling into unauthorised hands. The Directive protects the rights of everyone, irrespective of nationality or place of residence. The Justice department has collected an informative page on the legal aspects and what falls under the E Data Protection Directive – “Protecting your data: your rights”
The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is an independent supervisory authority devoted to protecting personal data and privacy and promoting good practice in the EU institutions and bodies. EDPS plays a significant role when it comes to data protection and is an intellectual powerhouse led by Giovanni Buttarelli
To get a little practical we collected a list of some of the offices in EU that handels or is related to data protection. If you you looking for someone in EU that is not on our list a good place to find concrete contact information is the Who is Who database – europa.eu/Whoiswho
Here is a short list of interesting institutes and offices in relation to data protection:
The European Parliament:
The European Commission
Both individuals working in EU, the institutions and offices in EU related to data protection and the digital single market has twitter, and both the individual persons and the different offices have accounts, find them here:
The press material including video from the public debates in the parliament is available from the EU Commissions presscenter,
We did probably not collect all of the parties, but fell free to write us if we need to improve the article. In addition you can meet us at the DataEthics event 10. March in Copenhagen – where we will speaking about PrivacyByDesign