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EDPS Investigation into EU institutions’ use of Microsoft products and services

EDPS issued a Public Paper detailing its findings and recommendations on the use of Microsoft products and services by EU institutions.

These findings may help any public administrations when contracting ICT services, because of the similarities between the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 which applies to the EU institutions.

Source: The Hague Forum: Reinforcing cooperation for fair IT contracts in Europe | European Data Protection Supervisor

You can have privacy and fight Covid-19

You don’t have to give up privacy in fight against Covid, says Leonardo Cervera Navas, Director European Data Protection Supervisor, EDPS.

“We do not have to give up privacy entirely. It is perfectly possible to stop the contagion while at that same time have anonymity in place. It does not have to be one of the other,” or so said Leonardo Cervera Navas, Director at the EDPS.

Full article: You can have privacy and fight Covid, says Leonardo Cervera Navas of EDPS

EU data watchdog calls for pan-European coronavirus tracking app

Europe’s data protection watchdog has called for a single coronavirus tracking app to be used across the EU, stating that a tool with strong data protection built-in would be the best answer to tackling the pandemic.

As countries around Europe rush to release coronavirus tracking apps, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Wojciech Wiewiorowski has called for a single app to be used across the continent.

Source: EU data watchdog calls for pan-European coronavirus tracking app | IT PRO

EDPS Publishes Annual Report 2019

The Annual Report provides an insight into all European Data Protection Superviser’s (EDPS) activities in 2019.

EDPS activities therefore focused on consolidating the achievements of previous years, assessing the progress made and starting to define priorities for the future. Of particular note were EDPS efforts to ensure that new EU rules on data protection are put into practice.

Source: EDPS Annual Report 2019: new EU data protection rules must produce promised result | European Data Protection Supervisor

EDPS publishes new Proportionality Guidelines

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has published new Proportionality Guidelines aimed at making privacy-friendly policymaking easier.

New guidelines on assessing proportionality aim to provide policymakers with practical tools to help assess the compliance of proposed EU measures that would impact the fundamental rights to privacy and the protection of personal data with the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Data Protection Supervisor said today, as he published the Guidelines.

Source: EDPS publishes new Proportionality Guidelines aimed at making privacy-friendly policymaking easier | European Data Protection Supervisor

Data watchdog raps EU asylum body for snooping

The European Asylum Support Office combed through social media to monitor refugee routes to Europe for three years. The agency sent weekly reports on its findings to member states, the EU Commission and institutions such as UNHCR and Interpol.

EASO lacks a legal basis for collecting personal data on social media, the EU’s data protection supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski said in a recent letter. He imposed a temporary ban on the project.

Source: Data watchdog raps EU asylum body for snooping

EDPS investigates European Parliament’s 2019 election activities and takes enforcement actions

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is carrying out an investigation into the European Parliament’s use of a US-based political campaigning company to process personal data as part of its activities relating to the 2019 EU parliamentary election.

The EDPS is actively engaged in seeking solutions to the challenges of online manipulation in elections. Data protection plays a fundamental role in ensuring electoral integrity and must therefore be treated as a priority in the planning of any election campaign.

Source: EDPS investigates European Parliament’s 2019 election activities and takes enforcement actions | European Data Protection Supervisor

Microsoft updates terms on data privacy amid EU probe

Microsoft said it was updating the privacy provisions of its commercial cloud contracts after European regulators found its deals with European Union institutions failed to protect data in line with EU law.

The EDPS, the EU’s data watchdog, opened an investigation in April to assess whether Microsoft’s contracts with the European Commission and other EU institutions met data protection rules. It raised concerns about compliance in October.

Source: Microsoft updates terms on data privacy amid EU probe – Reuters

EU institution staff ‘unaware’ of Microsoft data misuse

Members of staff working across the EU institutions are “not aware” of the extent to which the US tech firm Microsoft collects and stores their data as part of the use of their products and services, the EU’s data protection watchdog has told.

The issue centres around the concern that the contractual terms under agreements for the provision of Microsoft products and services to the EU institutions could be in breach of EU data protection law.

Source: EU institution staff ‘unaware’ of Microsoft data misuse, EU data chief says – EURACTIV.com

Spanish Supervisory Authority and EDPS release guidance on hashing for data pseudonymization and anonymization purposes

On November 4, 2019, the Spanish Supervisory Authority (“AEPD”), in collaboration with the European Data Protection Supervisor, published guidance on the use of hashing techniques for pseudonymization and anonymization purposes. In particular, the guidance analyses what factors increase the probability of re-identifying hashed messages.

The guidance provides examples of how controllers can make the re-identification of hashed messages more difficult. These examples include encrypting the message (prior to hashing), encrypting the hash value, or adding “salt” or “noise” (i.e., a random number) to the original message.

Source: Spanish Supervisory Authority and EDPS release guidance on hashing for data pseudonymization and anonymization purposes

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