On January 7, 2016, the European Data Protection Supervisor published his priorities for 2016: a cover note and  a  colour-­‐coded  table  listing those European  Commission  proposals  most  likely  to have implications for the fundamental rights to privacy and to the protection of personal data and for which the EDPS plans to issue a formal Opinion or Comments.

On January 7, 2016, the European Data Protection Supervisor (hereinafter, the “EDPS”) published his Priorities for the policy and consultation activities of the organisation for 2016.

Firstly, in the light of the reached agreement on the data protection reform “package,” entailing the EU General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter, the “GDPR”) and the Directive for data protection in the police and justice sectors, the EDPS will continue to support European institutions in their process to create a coherent data protection framework in Europe. In this regard the EDPS will advise the European Commission in the revision of Regulation 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by community institutions and on the free movement of such data, and will ensure that the principles established by the GDPR apply also to EU institutions and bodies. In addition, the EDPS will participate in the review of Directive 2002/58/EC on the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector, also known as the “e-­‐Privacy Directive”.

Furthermore, the other areas of strategic importance that the EDPS will focus on are:

  • adequate protection in international data transfers: EDPS will follow closely the negotiations for a draft agreement between the U.S. government and the European Commission on Umbrella  Agreement;
  • security and anti-­‐terrorism measures: the EDPS underlines the importance to find a balance between measures taken in reaction to terrorism attacks and the respect of fundamental rights and liberties;
  • Digital Single Market initiatives.