Menu
Confusion over EU data protection watchdog resolved

Confusion over EU data protection watchdog resolved

The current privacy czar will stay in the job for another 10 months

The European Union's data protection czar has committed to staying on the job until October, ending uncertainty after no suitable replacement could be found.

Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), has been in the role for the past five years. His term expired on Jan. 16, but despite efforts to find a replacement, no one was deemed worthy.

The European Commission, whose job it is to draw up a select list of candidates, recommended that the current procedure should be closed and a new search launched.

The role of the EDPS is very important as the E.U. is overhauling its data protection laws with a new regulation expected to be approved in the next 12 months.

On Monday, the EDPS also published the latest "scorecard" based on a survey of how more than 60 E.U. institutions are performing in terms of processing personal information.

"I'm delighted with the progress that the E.U. institutions have made," said Hustinx. "Ten years of our active supervision have resulted in significantly higher levels of compliance with data protection obligations across E.U. services. This is a powerful indication that institutions are recognizing that they are accountable for applying data protection rules."

Based on the results of the survey, the EDPS will keep a close eye on the European Investment Fund, the European Institute for Security Studies, the European Union Satellite Centre, the ENIAC Joint Undertaking and the European GNSS Agency. These institutions are processing more data than ever before, the survey showed.

The right to data protection and privacy are fundamental rights in the E.U. and Hustinx has recently been outspoken in his criticism of the U.S. National Security Agency's alleged widespread surveillance of E.U. citizens.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter at @BrusselsGeek or email tips and comments to jennifer_baker@idg.com.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags regulation

Featured

Slideshows

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

Hundreds of leaders from the New Zealand IT industry gathered at the Hilton in Auckland on 17 November to celebrate the finest female talent in the Kiwi channel and recognise the winners of the Reseller News Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) 2020.

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards
Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

The leading female front runners of the New Zealand ICT industry joined together for the annual Reseller News Women in ICT Awards event at the Hilton in Auckland, during which hundreds of guests celebrated 13 outstanding individuals who won awards, chosen from more than 50 finalists representing over 30 organisations.

Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards
Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners

More than 500 channel leaders gathered in Auckland on 21 October at the ​Reseller News Innovation Awards ​2020 to celebrate the achievements of the New Zealand technology industry's top partners, start-ups, vendors, distributors and individuals.

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners
Show Comments