The European Data Protection Supervisor presents its priorities for 2012

The EDPS presented today its strategic planning of actions to do in 2012.

Here, the EDPS identifies issues of strategic importance that will form the cornerstones of his consultation work for 2012, while not neglecting the importance of other legislative procedures where data protection is concerned.

The EDPS’ central mission in the field of consultation is to give advice on three main areas: the revision of the legal framework for data protection, technological developments and the Digital Agenda, and further developing the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. In addition, the EDPS has identified financial sector reform as an area of strategic importance for 2012.

- Overview of the issues of strategic importance for the EDPS:

- Towards a new legal framework for data protection

- Revision of the EU data protection framework

- Technological developments and the Digital Agenda, IP rights and Internet

- Pan-European framework for electronic identification, authentication and signature

- Internet monitoring (e.g. enforcement of IP rights, takedown procedures)

- Cloud computing services

- eHealth

- Further developing the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice



- Border controls

- Review of the Data Retention Directive

- Negotiations on agreements with third countries on data protection

- Financial sector reform

- Regulation and supervision of financial markets and actors

In order to better fulfil his advisory role, the EDPS will consider publishing guidelines on important technical or societal phenomena that affect personal data protection (such as ‘naming and shaming’ practices) or recurring data protection aspects of EU legislative initiatives (such as the provisions concerning exchanges of information).

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. He does so by:

- monitoring the EU administration’s processing of personal data;

- advising on policies and legislation that affect privacy;

- cooperating with similar authorities to ensure consistent data protection.

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