On May 24, 2016, the European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”) presented its Annual Report for 2015. The annual report provides an overview of the EDPS’ primary activities in 2015 and sets forth key priorities and challenges for 2016.

During 2015, the EDPS focused on ensuring the adoption of a new and effective data protection framework, providing recommendations for the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). The EDPS also advised European institutions on new proposed legislations, such as the EU Passenger Name Record Directive, and worked closely with the Article 29 Working Party to analyze the consequences of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (the “CJEU”) ruling in the Schrems case. They also advised the European Commission on alternative solutions for international data transfers. In addition, the EDPS launched several new initiatives, including on data ethics, big data, mobile health and intrusive surveillance.

In line with the EDPS Strategy 2015-2019, the EDPS will largely focus on the implementation of the GDPR during the course of 2016. The provisions of the GDPR will be directly applicable in all EU Member States as of May 25, 2018. Among other tasks, the EDPS will focus on ensuring the accountability of data controllers, increasing cooperation with national data protection authorities, empowering their activities through the establishment of the European Data Protection Board and implementing sustainable rules on international data transfers, following the ruling of the CJEU in the Schrems decision.

Also, the EDPS will continue to provide advice to the European institutions on the coherent and consistent application of EU data protection principles when negotiating trade agreements or international agreements linked to law enforcement, such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the Trade in Services Agreement or the Umbrella Agreement.

In addition, the EDPS announced the release of an Opinion on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield on May 30, 2016.

Read the EDPS’s press release.