The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Giovanni Buttarelli, has presented the annual EDPS report for 2016 to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Mr Buttarelli stated that the EDPS institution handled more complaints during 2016 than in any other previous year. Mr Buttarelli attributed this increase in complaints primarily to a greater awareness on the part of members of the public as to their rights in relation to personal data. Reflecting on the expanding role of the EDPS, Mr Buttarelli noted that Europol has joined the list of EU institutions which are subject to the oversight of the EDPS. The written report sets out the EDPS’s priorities for 2017. Key areas include contributing to the ongoing review of the ePrivacy Directive in connection with proposals for an ePrivacy Regulation, preparation for the handover from the Article 29 Working Party to the European Data Protection Board and the provision of guidelines on IT governance and cloud computing.