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European Data Protection Supervisor
The EDPS is an independent supervisory authority devoted to protecting personal data and privacy and promoting good practice in the EU institutions and bodies. He does so by:
· monitoring the EU administration`s processing of personal data;
· advising on policies and legislation that affect privacy; and
· cooperating with similar authorities to ensure consistent data protection.
The EDPS` general objective is to ensure that the European institutions and bodies respect the right to privacy when they process personal data and develop new policies. A number of specific duties of the EDPS are laid down in Regulation (EC) No 45/2001. The three main fields of work are:
· Supervision: the EDPS monitors the processing of personal data in the EU administration and ensures compliance with the data protection rules. The supervisory tasks range from prior checking processing operations likely to present specific risks, to handling complaints and conducting enquiries.
· Consultation: the EDPS advises the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council on proposals for new legislation and a wide range of other issues having an impact on data protection.
· Cooperation: the EDPS cooperates with other data protection authorities in order to promote consistent data protection throughout Europe. The central platform for cooperation with national data protection authorities is the Article 29 Working Party.
Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski are members of the institution. They were elected by the European Parliament and the Council on 4 December 2014.
Full information about the European Data Protection Supervisor is published HERE.