On April 28, 2008, the European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx released a policy paper entitled “The EDPS and EU Research and Technological Development”, according to which privacy and data protection requirements should be introduced as soon as possible in the life cycle of new technological developments. Hustinx stated that the principle of “privacy by design” should represent an inherent part of the European Commission’s 7th Framework Program. The EDPS plans to assist the Commission in the evaluation of data protection issues of project proposals, promote the education of managers and designers, contribute to research advisory boards, and advise companies in order to ensure that privacy and data protection issues are included at an early stage in technology research and development projects.

The policy paper is available at: