On 15 February 2017 the European Data Protection Supervisor (the "EDPS") published its 2017 priorities (the "Priorities") which demonstrated a particular focus on protecting confidentiality and privacy in electronic communications. The EDPS also indicated that it would undertake the following initiatives:

  • monitor the proposed new framework for adequacy decisions on exchange of personal data with third countries;
  • monitor ongoing initiatives including negotiations and possible new trade agreements (e.g. with Japan, Canada, Australia, Chile and New Zealand) and possible agreements in the law enforcement sector regarding their potential impact on privacy and data protection;
  • contribute to the consultation on 'Building A European Data Economy', regarding the Digital Single Market Strategy that we reported on in our February alerter; and
  • publish a toolkit to assist policymakers and the co-legislator in assessing the necessity of interference with the fundamental right to data protection.

The Priorities can be read here.